Living Learning: Term 4


Event Details

This event finished on 04 December 2018


Welcome to Living Learning’s Term 4 Program!

The first workshop this term runs for 2hours from 10.30am-12.30pm

Workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am unless otherwise stated. MMNC is a nut free venue.  All homeschooling families are welcome to meet for lunch afterwards, whether or not you are attending the workshops.  Living Learning activities are Home Education Association Inc. (HEA) Events.

Living Learning programs are pitched at 5yrs and up age group as a loose guideline. This term we also have a program on offer for children working at High School level. Keep reading and scroll down to find details.  Just to clarify as part of this term we are offering a Science series for Primary, a Science Series for Highschool and a Science Field Day.  The Field Day is included in both series, but can also be attended as a stand alone event if you are not attending a series.  There is an information session about all this Science (details below), it is not essential to attend the information session to attend the events.

Please note it is an insurance requirement from HEA that parents are at the venue or provide written notice of their absence to the event organiser and have a designated “supervising carer” present for their children. When you are the “supervising carer” for another parent, please ensure you include the names of the children who are in your care when you sign the HEA sign on sheet.

At the end of the program, you will find a link to the booking sheet for Term 4 2018

Our workshops most often book out, so book in as soon as you can!

16th October – Come join us for a medieval extravaganza!

James Adams will be giving us a 2 hour educational and entertaining show (with a break in the middle) taking us through the medieval period exploring Vikings, Saxons and knights. An extensive amount of Weapons and armor will be shown and demonstrated, and discussed. Other medieval topics discussed will include law and order, fashion, personal life and other aspects of medieval life. This show is NSW Department of Education certified.

Recommended age is 8+ and children under 8 will need a parent with them for the show. Please be aware that topics such as torture and execution may be discussed.

This is a 2hr workshop and will run from 10.30-12.30pm in the Mavis Wood Hall

For more information check out the website http://www.jamesadamshistoricenterprises.com/showsmedieval.html

Cost- $18 for HEA members, $20 for non-members.

 

23rd October- An Introduction to Ballroom Dancing

Come along and explore the wonderful world of Ballroom Dancing with Jacquie!

Ballroom Dancing is one of those styles that everyone, young and old, can enjoy.

In this hour lesson, families are invited to come along and have some fun exploring the different tempos, and styles that Ballroom has to offer.

About Jacquie: Jacquie was a dance teacher in the Blue Mountains for 10 years before becoming a Homeschool mum to her own 6 little movers & shakers!

Parents and children are welcome to join in together at this workshop. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Put your dancing gear on if you wish.

Cost- $12 for HEA members, $14 for non-members

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30th October- 4th December – Let’s BEE scientists: The Buzz on Native Bees

Over 6 weeks we will delve into the world of native bees, pollination, experimental ecology and creative science communication. Through interactive activities, we will learn the process of experimental design and conduct our own experiments. We’ll use current field research methods, which can help us approach our own questions of natural enquiry. We’ll venture into the garden to collect data on which pollinating insects visit which plants and contribute to a national citizen science project ‘Wild Pollinator Count’. Through fieldwork and play, we can explore the diversity of bees in our local area and their role in pollinating our native and cultivated plants. Finally, we will communicate our learnings about native bees and the scientific process in creative ways.

As science communicators, we will also be contributing to PhD research into how experimental ecology can be a more collaborative, community-driven and creative process. This may involve brainstorming, audio-recording, surveys and sharing creative works with the permission of creators and parents/guardians.

This is an opportunity to work with a PhD candidate on her current research project, and to show ‘scientists’ how young people can not only do science, they can communicate it! Additionally this is a chance to promote the collaborative, inclusive, active environmental learning that we value as home-educators!

This course includes an optional field day (see below) on Sunday 4th November, where the Living Learning high-schoolers will lead us in collecting data for field experiments they’ve designed.

There will be an info session on 18th September at 10am-10:30am at MMNC to find out more about the participatory research aspect of this course and the consent process. Participant information sheets, consent forms and withdrawal forms will be provided and discussed. While it is not a requirement to attend the info session it is a great time to find out more and ask questions!

For further questions about the program and the PhD research aspect, please contact

Amelie 0413679269 (Co-facilitator and PhD researcher) and/or

Julie 0431663020 (Co- facilitator and Living Learning Organiser)

Amelie and Julie would like these workshops to be accessible/inclusive to all. If there are obstacles, financial or other, please get in touch so we can work out a solution.

Cost- $96 for HEA members, $105 for non-members. This price includes a ticket to the field day on Sunday 4th November (see below – family members can also attend this field day free of charge).

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Term 4 2018 has a High School Level Program on offer.

Highschool Ecology Program 16th October-4th December

This is an 8 week series.  Due to the medieval extravaganza the first week will run from 12:40-2:10 so both can be attended if desired (and there are no drama classes running this week).  The following 7 weeks will run from 11:40-1:10. 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

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Let’s BEE Scientists: Experimental Ecology and Science Communication

Three quarters of flowering plants rely on bees and other animal pollinators, as does a third of our food supply. Over 8 weeks we will delve into the world of pollination, experimental ecology, citizen science and science communication.

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This is an opportunity for us to contribute to knowledge of the ecology of native bees in our area by doing research as the scientists ourselves, using current field research methods. We will learn the principles of experimental design in science with a focus on native bees and insect pollinator ecology. We will collect data in the field in an additional ‘field day,’ which will be led by those participating in this course. We will prepare, analyse and interpret our data using spreadsheets and graphing tools. Finally, we will communicate our results and this scientific process in creative ways as individuals and in groups. Our interpreted findings and communications may be published in scientific literature with our group as co-authors.

As co-creators of scientific knowledge in a collaborative process, we will also be contributing to PhD research into how experimental ecology can be a more collaborative, community-driven and creative process. This will involve audio recording of the process, brainstorming, surveys and sharing creative works with the consent of co-creators.

This is an opportunity to work with a PhD candidate on her current research project, and to show ‘scientists’ how young people can not only do science, they can communicate it! Additionally this is a chance to promote the collaborative, inclusive, active environmental learning that we value so much as home-educators!

This course includes a field day on Sunday 4th November (see below), where the high-schoolers will have an opportunity to lead others in collecting data for the experiments they’ve designed themselves.

There will be an info session on September 18th 10am-10:30am at MMNC to find out more about the participatory research aspect of this course and the consent process. Participant information sheets, consent forms and withdrawal forms will be provided and discussed. While it is not a requirement to attend the info session it is a great time to find out more and ask questions!!

For further questions about the course and the PhD research aspect, please contact

Amelie 0413679269 (Co-facilitator and PhD researcher) and/or

Julie 0431663020 (Co- facilitator and Living Learning Organiser)

Week 1:
The world of experimental ecology, and NATIVE BEES!

Ecology! Bees! We will introduce the 8 weeks, the importance of ecology and experimental design and scientific thinking. We will brainstorm what we want to know about native bees and how we can find answers to our questions. We will use microscopes to identify some common bees of Sydney.

Week 2:
Principles of Experimental design in ecology.

Replication, Validity, Accuracy. We will learn the principles of ecological experimental design including hypothesis testing and field methods to approach different ecological questions.

Week 3:
Designing our ecology experiment

Based on the principles of ecological experimental design we learnt in week 2, we will be designing a field experiment related to native bees that we will collect data for in the field day (Sunday 4th November).

Pollinator Experiment Field Day – Sunday 4th November

This will be an all-in public event where we will learn more about Australian native bees, pollinators and how we can support them. High-schoolers taking this Living Learningcourse will help lead participants in collecting field data for the experiment they designed in weeks 1- 3. We will all have a chance to get out in the field and observe pollinators, plants and take scientific data! Citizen science in action!  More information below.

Week 4: Scientific Data

We will compile the data collected on the field day and learn how scientists put it all together in an interpretable format. We will use excel and graphing tools.

Week 5: Analysing and Interpreting

We will create graphs from our data collected and prepared in previous weeks. We will explore patterns and consider what this means for our hypotheses. We will discuss limitations of the experiment and consider the principles of design including replication and validation.

Week 6: Interpretation and Communication

We will continue to interpret our data and consider different ways of communicating our findings. There’s no use collecting data if we don’t communicate what it means for us! We will explore different ways of communicating science and begin brainstorming our projects to convey our learnings over the next two weeks.

Week 7: Science communication projects

We will work on individual and/or group science communication projects to convey our findings and learnings. After the course, with permission from our clever creators, these will be compiled in a web format for us to share our learnings with others!

Week 8: Science Communication projects and reflections

We will continue to work on individual and/or group science communication projects. We will end the program by reflecting on the scientific process and lessons from the course.

 

Cost- $120 for HEA members, $135 for non-members. This price includes a ticket to the field day on Sunday 4th November (family members can also attend this field day free of charge).

Amelie and Julie would like these workshops to be accessible/inclusive to all. If there are obstacles, financial or other, please get in touch to work out a solution.

Let’s BEE Scientists! FIELD DAY!

Sunday November 4th, 2018

9:30am – 1:30pm

Followed by BYO picnic lunch

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Native Bee Ecology in the field

Bring your hats and clipboards, as we venture to the field to collect data on native bees and other pollinators of the Blue Mountains!

Learn about these native bees, where to find them and how we can support them with PhD researcher Amelie Vanderstock (The University of Sydney).

The Living Learning crew from the Blue Mountains Home Education Network will lead our data collection for the citizen science experiments that they’ve designed!

Identify some of our pollinators up close under the microscope! What are the main kinds of pollinating insects? Learn out in the field!

Our collaborative data will contribute to our knowledge of pollinators in our local area, and research on the role of native bees in greater Sydney.

Outdoor Blue Mountains location (public transport accessible) TBA

Wet/windy weather plan TBA

Cost: $20 per person, $15 concession, $40 per family. FREE for families booked in to either of the Living Learning Science programs, please go to the Living Learningbooking form below to indicate the number of people from your family planning to attend the field day.

For further questions about the field day and the PhD research aspect, please contact

Amelie 0413679269 (Co-facilitator and PhD researcher)

and/or

Julie 0431663020 (Co- facilitator and Living Learning Organiser)

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Amelie Vanderstock is a PhD candidate in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney. She is passionate about native pollinators, environmental education and the power of co-creating science to build community. Amelie has a community organising background with the Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN) where she developed her facilitation and contributory learning approaches. She became an insect ecologist because she never lost her wonder at the amazing world of insects and their fascinating lives. Her dream is to share this wonder in active participatory ways with the broader community- because we are all scientists!

See more of Amelie’s native bee education workshops at Crosspollinating.org

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Julie-Ann Henninger has studied Environmental Science and Creative Arts across three Universities in a quest to get as much as possible out of her undergraduate degree (and fit her study in around homeschooling her children).  She may well 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 work in Systematics.  The living world is her passion and delight, she is completely in awe, and is thrilled at any opportunity to explore, and share in the wonder.

Booking information:

Unfortunately we do not have the resources to offer refunds so please read each workshop description carefully before choosing which workshops to book into.  The booking form for all workshops is linked below, including bookings for the Let’s BEE Scientists! FIELD DAY!  If you are booking in to the Highschool Program by emailing Jane Brennan (jane_brennan@msn.com) please also fill in the Field Day section of the form below).

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeDIuXtK_6xfienj6Ype3HUbEY9d5ROllwbLu84rNvMO4j70g/viewform