INCURSION

MAGNIFICENT MINIBEASTS

 

Stage 1, 2 or 3 (Years 1-6)

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Meet your local minibeasts – vital for biodiversity and ecosystem function!

This dynamic hands-on incursion is designed to ignite curiosity and promote the importance of invertebrate diversity.

 

2019 NSW NESA Syllabus Links (detailed links below)

Geography

FEATURES OF PLACES (GE1-1,2)

PLACES ARE SIMILAR AND DIFFERENT (GE2 – 1,2,3)

THE EARTH’S ENVIRONMENT (GE2 – 1,2,3)

Science and Technology

FACTORS THAT SHAPE PLACES (GE3 – 1,2,3)

LIVING WORLD (ST1-3 – 4LW-S, ST3-5LW-T)

SKILLS (ST1-3 1WS-S)

Presentation

  • A dynamic presentation will allow students to immerse themselves into ‘miniworld’ as we explore a digital garden habitat looking for invertebrates and investigating the relationships between species

  • Learn to identify and classify local invertebrates

  • Discover the needs, habitats, quirky behaviour, lifecycles and niche roles of invertebrates

  • Consider the importance of invertebrates for sustainability and wider biodiversity, including human well-being

  • Explore the complex relationships invertebrates have with plants and other animals and determine why they are so important

  • Discuss the ramifications of human impacts on invertebrates

30 minutes

Fieldwork

  • Students will conduct a survey using supplied equipment and multiple techniques to determine habitat quality, discover evidence of particular species, and capture live specimens for classification

  • Select species will be examined under a microscope to highlight external features and adaptive traits, before release.

  • Students collect and assess data to consider how well the habitat supports invertebrates and the animal and plant species that rely on them.

  • Fieldwork aims to develop critical thinking about the importance of interspecies relationships for ecological function

Allow 60-80 minutes – stage dependent

 

Display

Marvel at out display which includes over 200 local preserved invertebrates, models and posters. Magnifying glasses are provided

 

Additional Information

Magnificent Minibeasts Risk Assessment click here

Detailed 2019 NSW NESA syllabus links for Magnificent Minibeasts click here

To download “Magnificent Minibeasts” flyer click here

INVERTEBRATES ARE A SIGNIFICANT ECOLOGICAL INDICATOR
THESE SPINELESS ANIMALS ARE THE BACKBONE OF THE ECOSYSTEM!
DISCOVER HOW MINIBEASTS MAKE YOUR LOCAL HABITAT FUNCTION

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Prices

Magnificent Minibeasts

$1000per student
  • Minimum 30 students | $300
  • Multiple workshops per day (number is stage dependent)

Terms and conditions: Maximum workshop size 30 students. Travel costs may apply.