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Balance in Nature: Eat and be Eaten! (Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5, Stage 6)

By Request

Come explore nature’s birth control methods – classic prey-predator relationships which keep plant and animal populations in check – and see what happens when the balance in an ecosystem is disturbed!


In the natural world, the lives of all creatures are interconnected. If the population of one species is impacted, this impact ripples through to any other species associated with it. Have you ever gone for a bushwalk before and come across signs for fox poison or rabbit control? Do you know why they need to be controlled? What impact they have on native Australian species?

Join marine biologist, Aashi, and adventure through numerous virtual ecosystems to learn more about such interactions and find the balance between different species. Using the video game Quokkapocalypse, become defenders of the vulnerable, protecting animals like quokkas, koalas and bees. Channel your inner biologist to tackle invasive species, pesky predators and declining resources and become a master at identifying connections!

Gameplay generates anonymous data which allows for a true research experience by going through the different stages of a research project – hypothesis building, data collection, data analysis and drawing conclusions. In addition, gain experiential insights from a researcher who studies ecosystem balance in marine ecosystems using whale poo!

Cost: $270 up to 30 students/$320 up to 60 students/$370 up to 90 students/$50 per additional class up to 30 students (exc. GST)



Event Details

Event Type

Live Event - By Request

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50 Minutes


Cost: $270 up to 30 students/$320 up to 60 students/$370 up to 90 students/$50 per additional class up to 30 students (exc. GST)

Payment Instructions

Booked groups will be invoiced after the date of their virtual incursion



Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

Science and Tech » Working Scientifically and Design and Production » Living World

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Requirements: Technology, Materials and Pre and Post event requirements.

Either a smartphone, tablet, or computer for students to play Quokkapocalypse on, either individually or as a group. Quokkapocalypse can be downloaded for free from App Store or Google Play.

This virtual incursion will run via Zoom. A device with internet connectivity with the capability of streaming video is required.

Attendees can choose to have their cameras enabled or disabled, but all microphones will be muted.

The incursion will include a live presentation and time for a Q&A. Questions can either be submitted as part of your DART booking form or in the Zoom chat.

All student participants must be supervised by a teacher or parent/guardian for this virtual incursion.

Presenter Bio

Aashi Parikh is a PhD candidate in the environmental DNA lab at Macquarie University. She is studying whales through their poop – extracting DNA from faecal samples to learn about the whales, their prey and their gut bacteria! When not hunched up in the lab or busy doing life, Aashi has been enjoying teaching herself the cello (can’t speak for her neighbours though…).

If you have any queries please contact the provider

Name: Arludo

Phone: Send us an email!

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://arludo.com/about

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