High School Program – Term 1


Event Details

This event finished on 03 April 2018


These workshops are suitable for children who work at a high school level.  If interested in these workshops, please email the organizer, Jane directly: jane_brennan@msn.com

6th of February ecology excursion. Join Emma and Jenny from Blue Mountains Council for a healthy waterways excursion to Horseshoe Falls in Hazelbrook. We will meet at 9:30am at the picnic area at Horseshoe Falls reserve at the end of Alexandria Avenue. This 3 hour excursion takes us on a walk to the falls themselves, where we will do extensive water testing and evaluating the creeks health. Lunch/picnic afterwards for those who are interested.

Cost: free for HEA members, $2.00 for insurance for non-members.

13th Feb – 3rd April. 8 Tuesdays 11:40-1:10 Life on Earth

What is life, how did it begin on earth, how is all of life related?

Starting smaller than we can see, and further back in time than we can fathom, let’s take a journey through the intricacies and mysteries of life on Earth.  Expect the unexpected, life is full of surprises!

Join Julie for an adventure to explore what biology is, what LIFE is.  We will explore the phylogenetic tree of life together, delighting in the wonder and diversity.  This will be a small group class, with flexible facilitation, encouraging the deepening of individual interests and varied forms of expression.  Drawing on the interests of the group we will research, design and carry out experiments and try out different ways of expressing our findings.  The smallest, largest, rarest and hardiest life-forms are in range of our curiosity, as we delve into discovering the innermost workings of life on our planet.  We are alive, and the earth bursting with life, and this will be as much celebration as science, full of opportunity for engagement in diverse ways with highschool level biology.

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Week 1 – Introduction

What is biology, what is life, brief introduction to cells and systematics, the tree of life, a brief overview of the story of life on earth, what are our individual interests, how do we each like to communicate and express ourselves.  The scientific method and experimental design.

Week 2 Animals

Human biology cells/tissues/organs/organ systems, vertebrate and invertebrate zoology – how are our favourite animals are related, microscopic animals, what is the most outrageous animal?  What life forms are most closely related to animals?

Week 3 Fungi and Plants

Relationships, differences and interactions between Animals, Fungi and Plants.  Fabulous Fungi and Peculiar plants.  Scientific research and experimental design.

Week 4  The whole tree of life.

Unicellular wonders and their multicellular relations.  The fairly invisible but ridiculously important and diverse kingdoms: Bacteria and Archaea

Ecology and Ecosystems

Week 5 The wonderful world of cells, human biology – cells/tissues/organs/organ systems

Week 6 Finishing with our experiments and expressing our results.  Wrap up of our exploration of the tree of life. Systematics and the ongoing nature of discovery.  Celebration!

Week 7 Jig Saw Challenge: Jane Brennan will facilitate a jig saw activity with a biology basis.  Jig saw activities involve developing specialised knowledge and bringing this together in collaborative group problem solving.

Week 8 A visit from a biologist to share their story of life and work in biology and be available for questions

Julie has studied Environmental Science at Southern Cross University and the University of New England, she is now studying Creative Arts at Charles Sturt University in a quest to get the very most out of an undergraduate degree as possible (and fit her study around homeschooling her children)!  She may win a prize for the most drawn out undergraduate degree ever!  While she was studying at UNE she DID win the NCW Beadle Prize for Botany twice, the second time for her study in Systematics.  The living world is her passion and delight, she is in completely in awe of it and thrilled at any opportunity to explore and share in the wonder.

Cost: $108 for HEA members; $116 for non-members