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Invertebrate Investigations – Schools

Explore the diverse world of invertebrates!

Student will learn about the importance of invertebrates and how to identify and investigate common groups of invertebrates.

Highlights

  • Suitable for Kindergarten and stages 1 to 4.
  • Students will explore the importance of invertebrates.
  • Students will learn how to identify common groups of invertebrates.
  • Students will learn how to investigate invertebrates.
  • Program content focuses on classification, identification and hands on investigations.
  • Sessions can be structured to align with your school timetable.
  • Up to date Working with Children Check, Risk Assessment and Certificate of Currency provided.

Description

Invertebrate Investigations is suitable for stages 1 to 4 and maps the current NSW Science and Technology K – 6 Syllabus.

Student will discover why invertebrates are important, how to identify common groups of invertebrates and, learn how to investigate the invertebrates in your schoolyard.

All programs are designed to empower students and provide the knowledge and skills to continue their learning.  The programs will increase the students’ scientific literacy and critical thinking skills by participating in experiments, fieldwork and asking question.

Program content includes:

Classification:

  • Invertebrates and vertebrates; and
  • Arthropods.

Identification:

  • Common groups of invertebrates; and
  • Comparing.

Hands on investigations:

  • Field works practices;
  • Applying geographical tools;
  • Observation; and
  • Live Animals.

Curriculum & Syllabuses

Science and Technology:

  • Scientific inquiry through the process of working scientifically.
  • Design and production processes in the development of solutions.
  • The natural world including living things and Earth.
  • The built environment.
  • How digital technologies represent data.

Human Society and its Environment HSIE:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the features and characteristics of places and environments across a range of scales.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of interactions between people, places and environments.
  • Apply geographical tools for geographical inquiry.
  • Develop skills to acquire, process and communicate geographical information.

Facilitator Profile

Karen Player founded Sydney Science Education in 2019 to help parents and teachers deliver Environmental Education programs.

Sydney Science Education offers incursions and video conferences that are hands on, interactive and designed to inspire your students about the natural world.

Karen has a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Environmental Education from Macquarie University.

Karen previously worked at the Australian Museum for over 20 years during which time she delivered high quality onsite and offsite educational programs..

In 2009, Karen began focusing on digital delivery of programs across Australian and is the co-founder of Virtual Excursion Australia.

Karen’s passion is developing and delivering Environmental Education programs.  Karen is an advocate of hands on learning and has developed a range of programs to make learning natural science easy.

Karen has developed Education programs and Learning resources for several award winning programs and exhibitions including Museum in a Box®, Museum2you and the Citizen Science Projects StreamWatch and FrogID.

Qualifications:

  • BSc Physical Geography and Environmental Science – Macquarie University.
  • Masters Environmental Education – Macquarie University.
  • Current Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurances.
  • Current Working with Children Check.
  • National Police Check

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