The Science of Yeast: More than the Silent Partner in Technology Education

  • Megan Chambers St Josephs School, Takapuna
  • Bev France Auckland College of Education


Biotechnology education as practised in the New Zealand technology education curriculum provides an opportunity for students to use their scientific understanding during the exploration of technological solutions. This paper describes and analyses a science-focused teaching programme taught to year 2 and 3 (6 and 7 year olds) children that develops an understanding of yeast physiology and scientific methodology. These science understandings are utilised in a subsequent biotechnology-focused programme where children developed a niche market bun product. The science and biotechnology-focused programmes are described and analysed to illustrate how science can be utilised in technology education so that the technology focus is maintained without losing the integrity of the science contribution.

The programme was analysed to illustrate the transformation of science knowledge and technical skills into technological knowledge that drove the realisation of this biotechnological learning experience.

Author Biographies

Megan Chambers, St Josephs School, Takapuna

Assistant Principal

Bev France, Auckland College of Education
Senior lecturer in science and technology education
How to Cite
CHAMBERS, Megan; FRANCE, Bev. The Science of Yeast: More than the Silent Partner in Technology Education. Journal of Design & Technology Education, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 3, july 2009. ISSN 1360-1431. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 02 june 2023.
Curriculum Development - Primary