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How can animals survive and thrive? Join a reptile and amphibian biologist to find out! (Stage 2, Stage 3)

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Learn what day-to-day decisions animals juggle to grow and survive, by playing as skinks in Inglorious Baskers!


Like us, animals perform many different activities to meet their daily goals. And an animal’s ultimate goal is to maximise its fitness — that is, they try to maximise its chances of growing, surviving, and reproducing.

Join an amphibian and reptile biologist, Arman Pili, playing as a skink in Inglorious Baskers! In this game students will control the skinks to find and eat food, bask under the sun, or hide from predators. And they do all this to help the skink meet its ultimate goal of growing and surviving.

What’s the catch? The skink can’t do too much of any one activity! The skink can’t be out in the open eating or basking, or else it will be eaten by a bird. Or it can’t hide in a shelter for too long, or else it will not grow, or worse, get sick.

In Inglorious Baskers, students will learn the day-to-day decisions animals juggle to meet their goals and see whether they have what it takes to survive and thrive!



Event Details

Event Type

Live Event - By Request

Delivery Platform



45 Minutes


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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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Presenter Bio

Arman Pili is a research scientist studying invasive alien species. These are non-native animals, plants, fungi, and microbes brought by people from different parts of the world and to Australia. Invasive alien species are wreaking massive environmental havoc and costing governments heavy economic burdens, not just in Australia but worldwide.

Arman is developing tools that can predict who these invasive alien species are and where they will invade. Using his tools, environmental managers can have an idea of how to stop and manage future alien species invasions.

Arman’s favourite invasive alien species are the amphibian and reptile kinds. One of Arman’s tools is virToad — a simulator of the invasive cane toad. virToad is like a game, and the player’s goal is to develop the most cost-efficient strategy to manage cane toad invasions.

Arman enjoys reading about positive psychology, watching hearty films, and playing table-top role playing games.

Joining The Event

Technology and Materials Requirements

Either a smartphone, tablet, or computer for students to play Inglorious Baskers on, either individually or as a group. Inglorious Baskers 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.

If you have any queries please contact the provider

Name: Arludo

Phone: Send us an email!

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://arludo.com/

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