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Know It Alls ABC

Adelaide, Chenelle and Marianne, your hosts, take one smart kid and one adequate adult on a fact-finding mission through a unique museum topic.

Under the Sea (Years 3 – 6)

This session is best suited for students in Year 3 (Stage 2)– Year 6 (Stage 3)

Take a trip down into the deep in this virtual excursion as students will explore methods for ocean exploration, make predictions and observations in a buoyancy demonstration and use this knowledge to build a Cartesian diver. They’ll also learn about the changing properties of the ocean, the amazing wildlife in our seas and will get a chance to travel into the Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the world’s oceans.

Discovering Chanukah

Ever wondered about the Jewish festival of Chanukah? What do the candles represent and what is a dreidel? Candles, dreidels and even fried foods are all important parts of the Jewish festival of lights, Chanukah! This year Chanukah, which is celebrated over 8 nights, will begin in late November.

The Sydney Jewish Museum invites your primary students to a complimentary live and interactive Chanukah workshop, facilitated by a Museum Educator. This 45-minute online program will introduce students to the traditions and symbolism associated with this important festival.

History – Stage 1 & 2: Community and Remembrance

Investigating History: Did convicts break the rules?

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity for Stage 2 and Stage 3 History.

During this engaging and student-centered Live Virtual Event, your class will explore the World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks and examine a range of historical sources – physical and documentary – as part of an historical inquiry.

Museum staff will show off some of the archaeology that has been found at the site, explain the role rats played in preserving different artefacts, and present some documentary evidence, that relates to the convicts.

Then, once all the evidence is presented, your class will have the opportunity to decide – did the convicts who lived at the Barracks break the rules?

Students will also hear stories from a convict (not a real one just to be clear), and meet the Deputy Superintendent of the Barracks.

Encryption Decryption (Years 5-10)

This session is best suited for students in Year 5 (Stage 3) – Year 10 (Stage 5)

Join Questacon as we explore how and why encryption has been used in the past with the historical Caesar and Vigenère ciphers. Participants will have a chance to encode and decipher top secret messages.
Participants will also be shown how modern day encryption is used to keep their information safe online.

YES Live Event with Sydney Zoo

Join our Sydney Zoo Aboriginal guides as they explore traditional sustainability and the challenges facing our natural ecosystems today.  In this session students will learn about the importance of connection to Country and how the seasons and cycles play a key role in land management. Our guides will also demonstrate how traditional tools and weapons have been used for thousands of years in a sustainable way.

This workshop is suitable for Stage 2 and Stage 3 students.

Weird space with Professor Fred Watson

18 November 2021. 10:30 – 11:20am AEDT

Upper Primary and lower High school students, join us online to meet a living legend, Professor Fred Watson, appointed by the Australian Government as our first Astronomer-at-large. He will take us on a journey from the basics of stargazing from home to understanding the structure of the Universe. He will explain how unique our Solar System is and what makes Earth a special place that needs our care. Professor Watson will also explore many fascinating questions: what is a star and are there really more stars than grains of sand on all the beaches? Who counted them and how do we know? What is the strangest object in space, and can we be spaghettified?

This session will be held via secure, invitation-only webinar to maintain privacy.

Participants will not be able to see each other. You’re welcome to submit your own questions ahead of the event, in writing or as a short video, or during the webinar in response to the dialogue.

Book now to secure your connection.

YES Live Event with Sydney Zoo

Join our Sydney Zoo Aboriginal guides as they explore traditional sustainability and the challenges facing our natural ecosystems today.  In this session students will learn about the importance of connection to Country and how the seasons and cycles play a key role in land management. Our guides will also demonstrate how traditional tools and weapons have been used for thousands of years in a sustainable way.

This workshop is suitable for Stage 2 and Stage 3 students.

History LIVE: Behind the scenes with a curator

Have you ever wondered about all the different artefacts in a museum? Did you know that not all of them are on display at the same time? Behind the scenes, many more artefacts are waiting to tell their stories.

Join us for this webinar to find out who takes care of all our fascinating objects, what happens when new items arrive, and how we investigate the stories they can tell us. Together, we will explore a 100-year-old collection of items that belonged to one man and how they unfold the story of his life and times. Then, it is over to you to become a curator for the day and help us tell his story!

Ideal for Stage 3 & 4 school students

 

YES Live Event with Sydney Zoo

Join our Sydney Zoo Aboriginal guides as they explore traditional sustainability and the challenges facing our natural ecosystems today.  In this session students will learn about the importance of connection to Country and how the seasons and cycles play a key role in land management. Our guides will also demonstrate how traditional tools and weapons have been used for thousands of years in a sustainable way.

This workshop is suitable for Stage 2 and Stage 3 students.

FrogID Week: Fabulous Frogs

FrogID Week starts 12 November and our Frogs  need your help. Did you know that Australia is home to about 240 species of  frogs. In urban areas, human development has reduced the natural habitat available to frogs. The Fabulous Frogs session provides information and skills to discover what frogs live in your backyard or local area.

Find out how you can get involved in FrogID and helps measure the health of our frogs and environment.

Spiders content:

  • Classification: Living Things: Vertebrates and Invertebrates
  • Identification: Common types of frogs, Habitats and Comparing features
  • Hands on investigation: Field works practices, Applying geographical tools and Observation
  • Sustainability: Protecting habitats and Saving species

Foldable Flight (Years 3 – 6)

This session is best suited for students in Year 3 (Stage 2) – Year 6 (Stage 3)

How do planes fly? Can you change the way a paper plane flies?
Join Questacon as we explore the 6 million parts that make up a plane and learn skills in how to think, make, try and refine your paper plane to influence its flight and aerodynamics.

Biodiversity and Pollinators

This free interactive and recurring webinar series focuses on the importance of biodiversity and pollinators, particularly Australian native stingless bees. The webinar is scheduled every Friday at 1.30. Students have the opportunity to participate in polls and can follow-up by providing work samples that will be displayed on the accompanying Biodiversity and Pollinators website. The event is hosted by Observatory Hill EEC with involvement from guest speakers from the B&B Highway Project, and bee experts.

ClickFest 2021: Showcase

ClickFest is an annual virtual excursions festival run in November each year. ClickFest 2021 is an initiative from Virtual Excursions Australia highlighting the diversity and scope of virtual excursions available to schools across Australia. Sessions are delivered free or at reduced cost to schools, providing a great opportunity for teachers to give it a go.

Virtual Excursions Australia is supporting a FREE showcase of 25 minutes session.

  • 1.00pm: Tooning Online – Toonworld Education
  • 1.30pm: Flyover Friends –  Greater Sydney Parklands
  • 2.00pm: Fascinating Frogs – Australian Environmental Education
  • 2.30pm: Solve it with Sources – Sydney Living Museums

 

It is available to all schools, home schools, students, parents and all, Australia wide and beyond.

Scientists, Soil and Little Worlds

Join Questacon to build a terrarium and learn all about ecology, urban green spaces and sustainability from some inspiring Women in STEM.

Under the Sea (Years K – 2)

This session is best suited for students in Kindergarten (Early Stage 1)– Year 2 (Stage 1)

Take a trip down into the deep in this virtual excursion as students will explore methods for ocean exploration, make predictions and observations in a buoyancy demonstration and use this knowledge to build a Cartesian diver. They’ll also learn about the changing properties of the ocean, the amazing wildlife in our seas and will get a chance to travel into the Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the world’s oceans.

Mindfulness Nature for Students Wellbeing

Give your mind a break…
Join us for half an hour of storytelling, movement, sensory meditation, and reflective art creation and feel the healing effects of mindfulness!
Our experienced nature educators will lead you through a session that will create space in the children’s minds to be able to expand afterwards.
Children of all ages can benefit from these tools and the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment. It will also help parents and caregivers by promoting happiness and relieving stress.
Topics:
– What is stress or anxiety? How do you know or feel when you are stressed or feeling anxious?
– How do you know when someone around you is stressed or feeling anxious?
– NATURE CAN HELP: Tips and Tricks from nature to beat stress and anxiety
– Method 1: Sitting Still – Quiet Connection
– Method 2: Active Stress Buster
– Take home tools.

There are three workshops: 9.15am, 10.15am and 11.15am

Going Bush Online: Mega & Microbats

Connecting with nature has never been more important than in times of online schooling and zoom meetings.
Let Greater Sydney Parklands’ education team bring the beauty of nature into your home or school with Bush School online. These interactive virtual sessions with our skilled education rangers will keep students connected and engaged to the environment around them. Each session will include storytelling and a nature-based activity, encouraging children to get outdoors and in their local environments to climb, explore and connect.

Theme: Megabats & Microbats
– Introduction to different types of bats we commonly see and hear in Sydney
– Story of Ficus the Grey-headed Flying Fox
– When and where we might see different bats? How they navigate, what they eat and where they sleep, scavenge and hunt.
– Superpowers of both bat species
– Creating your own bat out of loose natural parts.

There are three workshops: 9.15am, 10.15am and 11.15am

Foldable Flight (Years 3 – 6)

This session is best suited for students in Year 3 (Stage 2) – Year 6 (Stage 3)

How do planes fly? Can you change the way a paper plane flies?
Join Questacon as we explore the 6 million parts that make up a plane and learn skills in how to think, make, try and refine your paper plane to influence its flight and aerodynamics.

ClickFest 2021: Showcase

ClickFest is an annual virtual excursions festival run in November each year. ClickFest is an initiative from Virtual Excursions Australia highlighting the diversity and scope of virtual excursions available to schools across Australia. Sessions are delivered free or at reduced cost to schools, providing a great opportunity for teachers to give it a go.

Virtual Excursions Australia is supporting a FREE showcase of 25 minutes session.

  • 1.00pm: Collection of Curiosities – Australian National Maritime Museum
  • 1.30pm: What’s in your Backyard – Australian Environmental Education
  • 2.00pm: Earthquakes – Geoscience Australia
  • 2.30pm: Forces & Friction – Fizzics Education

 

It is available to all schools, home schools, students, parents and all, Australia wide and beyond.