Queensland Museum Collection Manager (Mammals and Birds), Heather Janetzki, talks about some of her favourite items within the Queensland DNA campaign that you have the opportunity to look after.
Recently, our seconded teachers finished producing and labelling some new kits and these are now available for borrowing through QM Loans.
These new kits are External Features and Micro Marvels. The first one is linked to Years 1 & 3, and the second one is targeted at Years 5 – 7 of the Biological Sciences strands of the Australian Science Curriculum.
Teacher Resource Booklets have been produced for these kits. They include activities and worksheets that show how the objects and specimens in the kit can be used to teach the relevant aspects of the Australian Science Curriculum. The Micro Marvels kit comes with a digital microscope and software.
The External Features Teacher Resource Booklet and the Micro Marvels Teacher Resource Booklet have now been uploaded on to the QM website and can be found in the Learning Resources section. Resources are listed alphabetically so scroll down to the bottom of the page and navigate through the pages until you get to the ‘E’ or ‘M’ section respectively.
There are lots of other wonderful kits produced by QM Loans that address relevant aspects of the Australian Curriculum: Science and the Australian Curriculum: History.
Curriculum-related materials are listed in the relevant categories on the QM Loans Catalogue Page.
One of our premium kits is the What’s on the Menu kit which contains specimens collected from South Stradbroke Island. Included are plant samples, insects, reptile parts, and study skins of birds and mammals.
There are many activity cards and teachers can use these as the basis for group work within the class. Students are challenged to discover the adaptations possessed by each specimen, examine life cycles, develop food chains, and investigate how these species interact with each other and their environment.
With the school year winding down, now is an ideal time to review your borrowing needs for next year.
If your educational institution is already a member, then now may be the time to renew your membership. If you have not been a subscriber in the past, think about the advantages of borrowing kits, objects and specimens next year to enliven your Science and History classes.
Information about Subscription and rates can be found on our QM website.
North Queensland event
Queensland Museum scientists conducted innovative workshops in Chillagoe over 3 days in May 2011 dedicated to assessing local biodiversity and the effect of human impact using data from insect trapping. The workshop was funded with assistance from the Science Connections Program within the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.
The Queensland Museum Backyard Explorer workshops started with a free meeting with local Traditional Owners held at Chillagoe Eco Lodge Saturday, 28th May. The purpose of the meeting was to engage with the traditional owners prior to the main event on Sunday. Gifts from the Traditional Owners of Stradbroke Island were presented to the Indigenous Elders.
Participants from teachers to property owners, interested community members, environmentalists were invited to attend a program that encouraged the region to become more involved in science. Backyard Explorer showed community groups how to complete a survey of their property, work site, even backyard, incorporating scientific examination of habitat, vegetation and wildlife using the techniques we use in our research including identifying any insect finds and interpreting the bio-health of their area.
Following the full day workshop on Sunday the QM team, presented shorter workshops to Chillagoe State School students and teachers. This was particularly timely as the school is currently forming a School Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) as part of the Earth Smart Science initiative. The school is planning an Indigenous Bush Foods garden that will partner with the local indigenous community as well as the Queensland Museum.
The SCOPE funded community and school events conducted in the North achieved the objective of promoting and developing school and community links among all partners involved: Earth Smart Science (Facilitator), Science Spark (Primary Science Facilitator), Schools, Community members (e.g. Traditional Owners), local land care groups (e.g. Northern Gulf Resource Management Group) and the Queensland Museum.
Additional photographs and resources from Backyard Explorer community sessions held earlier this year can be accessed from the Queensland Museum Facebook page.