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Museum in a Box


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Australian Museum's specimens to you!

Available Term 1 only!

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Your primary classroom becomes a hands-on biology lab where the students use real museum casts, artefacts, dioramas, images and more from Australia's first museum. Designed to meet curriculum requirements and guided by an experienced educator from Fizzics Education, the Museum in a Box program is available in Sydney and throughout NSW.

Boxes available
 
Workshop options

There are three ways of running these biology workshops with your students, with both options able to be arranged your schedule and onsite needs.
 
  1. Fizzics Education presents the Museum in a Box materials with your students in your classroom as a standalone 60-minute science incursion.
     
  2. The Museum in a Box is paired as a 30-minute enrichment option with other Fizzics Education workshops such as Little Life or Working with Water.
     
  3. As part of Fizzics Education coming to your school, our presenter brings a Museum in a Box to your school and helps you connect to the Australian Museum via a 45-minute video conference. Whilst a class interacts with the Australian Museum educator, the onsite educator from Fizzics Education concurrently runs another science workshop, where at the conclusion the students rotate between the workshop and the video conference. This option is available to those schools already having a visit by Fizzics Education that same day.
Outside of Sydney? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a regional science tour!

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What schools are saying about our science shows & workshops
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Students were very excited. Loved too many aspects - couldn't decide which was the best part. Very hands-on - all children engaged all the time. Excellent.
St Andrews Primary Maryong; Little Life visit

 
 

Museum in a Boxes Available - NSW only

Museum in a Box - Evolution of Australian Biota

The Evolution of Australian Biota box explores the movements of the world's plates as the supercontinent Gondwana drifted apart, the isolation of Australia from the other continents and the subsequent changes in climatic conditions that forced the species aboard the Australian continent to adapt and evolve into new species. A variety of Gondwanan and Australian fossils are included in this study as well as examples of Australia's present-day unique flora and fauna. These specimens and activities are designed for Preliminary Biology students to work through some of the ideas and issues involved in the interpretation of Australian's evolutionary history.
 

For years 5 & 6
 
Box Contents
 
  • Wombat skull and foot
  • Diprotodon fossil vertebra, rear foot bones, molar, incisor cast
  • Megalania fossil vertebrae
  • X-ray of modern goanna
  • Bluff Downs Giant Python fossil vertebra cast
  • Modern snake vertebrae
  • Modern kangaroo vertebra and jaw
  • Dingo vertebrae
  • Procoptodon fossil jaw and toe cast
  • Sthenuris jaw fossil cast
  • Skull casts of Riversleigh Platypus and modern Platypus
  • Water-holding Frog diorama
  • Blossom Bat study skin in tube,
  • Rainbow Lorikeet study skin in tube and tongue model
  • Wasp and orchid embedment
  • Embedments of a variety female cones, conifer seeds
  • Wollemia bark cast
  • Glossopteris fossil real
  • 4 plant specimens laminated Wollemia, Agathis, Araucaria and Todea
  • Plate Tectonics CD rom
  • DVD of Gondwana breakup animation
  • Fact Sheets

Your students can also connect with an Australian Museum educator via video conference whilst using the box materials with the help of a presenter from Fizzics Education.

This Museum in a Box works exceptionally well when paired with Little Life, a hands-on workshop based on ecological requirements and associations of a variety of animals and plants as well as Museum in a Box - National Parks

Syllabus links

Requirements & cost

Other boxes available

 
Content of Evolution of Australian Biota
Museum in a Box - Evolution of Australian Biota
Photographer: James King © Australian Museum

Museum in a Box - Australian Biota
Museum in a Box - Evolution of Australian Biota
Photographer: Fizzics Education

Museum in a Box - Catchments for Living

The Catchment: Water for Living box was developed in partnership Sydney Water and includes specimens and scientific equipment to assist student in monitoring their local environment.

The majority of humans live near some form of freshwater environment. These biologically rich freshwater ecosystems play a vital role in human life as sources of water, food and recreation.

The content provides information on the importance of water, catchment management and global water issues. Students can explore their local environment to understand how we impact it and the action we can take to improve our catchments
 

For Years 5 & 6
 
Box Contents
 
  • 1.5m long working catchment model
  • Datalogger
  • Ammonia test strips
  • Phosphate test strips
  • Dissolved Oxygen tablets
  • pH strips
  • Thermometer
  • Turbidity tubes
  • Identification charts
  • Water flow cup
  • Pipetts
  • Spray Bottle
  • Teaching material
  • Information panels
  • Teachers Guide
  • Activity booklet
  • History of Water booklet
  • Sydney Water Factsheets
  • Sydney Catchment Authority activities
  • Aerial images and overlays of Sydney Olympic Park
  • What's in a Drop DVD
  • River Health - Caring for our waterways DVD
  • Rivers - Global Environment Series DVD
  • Global Environmental Issues - Water DVD
  • What's in a Drop CD
  • The Atlas of Water - Book
  • Australia's Water Resources - Book
  • Water Not Down the Drain - Book
  • Giardia toy
  • E. coli toy

Your students can also connect with an Australian Museum educator via video conference whilst using the box materials with the help of a presenter from Fizzics Education.

This Museum in a Box works well when paired with Working with Water, a hands-on workshop based on the physical properties of water.

Syllabus links

Requirements & cost

Other boxes available

 
Catchments box showing a variety of science materials

Museum in a Box - Catchments for Living
Photographer: James King © Australian Museum
Museum in a Box - Catchments for Living

Museum in a Box - Catchments for Living
Photographer: Fizzics Education

Museum in a Box - Frogs

Frogs live on all the large landmasses of the world, except Antarctica and Greenland. They are most common in the warm, wet tropics, but they also live in hot deserts, cold alpine areas and variable coastal areas. Worldwide there is a decline in frog numbers and species. This box features some Australian frogs that are very well adapted to life in dry deserts, and others that are adapted for life in wet or forested habitats.
 

For years 3 to 6
 
Box Contents
 
  • Wet forest diorama
  • Dry bushland with Arid zone diorama
  • Frog calls of SE Australia CD
  • A flip book "Where do frogs live?"
  • Jelly mould
  • Life cycle specimens
  • Mould of Cane Toad
  • Cast fossil frog Rana pueyoi
  • Australian Frogs books
  • Fact sheets
  • Information panels

Your students will connect with an Australian Museum educator via video conference whilst using the box materials with the help of a presenter from Fizzics Education. You can also prepare students using the free FrogID app created by Australian Museum... a citizen science project students can get involved in!

This Museum in a Box works well when paired with Little Life, a hands-on workshop based on ecological requirements and associations of a variety of animals and plants.

Syllabus links

Requirements & cost

Other boxes available

 
Materials for Museum in a Box

Museum in a Box - Frogs.
Photographer: James King © Australian Museum

Museum in a box - Frogs

Museum in a Box - Frogs.
Photographer: Fizzics Education

Museum in a Box - National Parks

A National Park is an area of land which has been set aside for its native plants and animals and to protect its natural beauty and Indigenous Australian heritage. The National Parks box looks at five environments linking to five different national parks across NSW. This box highlights the importance of National parks across NSW. The National Parks box has been developed in conjunction with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. The content provides a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning about National Parks and Australian wildlife.
 

For Years 3 to 6
 
Box Contents
 
  • Black flying fox
  • Echidna in burrow
  • Corroboree frog diorama
  • Broad-headed snake diorama
  • insect embedments
  • large map of New South Wales
  • wooden puzzle
  • frog puppet
  • hand lenses
  • dress ups
  • Dorrigo National Park / Biodiversity information panel
  • Kosciuszko National Park / A changing climate information panel
  • Blue Mountains National Park / Living with fire information panel
  • Royal National Park / Human Impacts information panel
  • Mungo National Park / Working Together Teaching Resources information panel
  • Background information and activities booklet
  • Information cards (5)
  • Indigenous images (8)
  • Leaf litter sorting information sheets
  • Leaf litter invertebrate key
  • Tracks and Scats flip book
  • Menagerie Game
  • CD - Noises in the Night
  • DVD - Travel Oz - Nature's Bounty: The National Parks Of Australia
  • Amazing Facts about Australian Wildlife Conservation
  • The Bushwalk
  • Cronin’s Key Guide, Australian Wildlife
  • The Nestbox Book
Your students can also connect with an Australian Museum educator via video conference whilst using the box materials with the help of a presenter from Fizzics Education.

This Museum in a Box works well when paired with Little Life hands-on workshop as with Museum in a Box - Australian Biota.

Syllabus links

Requirements & cost

Other boxes available
 
national parks box

Museum in a Box - National Parks
Photographer: James King © Australian Museum
Museum in a Box - National Parks (echidna close up)

Museum in a Box - National Parks
Photographer: Fizzics Education

Museum in a Box - Sea Creatures

The Sea Creatures box is a resource designed specifically for younger students. The materials in the box have been carefully chosen to support both a factual approach to sea creatures as well as to spark creative, imaginative responses to them.

The box includes many specimens that would be found at the beach, in rock pools and in the sea. Model sea stars, octopus and fish can all be used to recreate the underwater world.
 

For K to 2
 
Box Contents
 
  • Replica Wobbegong shark, turtle, octopus and fish
  • A seahorse, crabs, coral and sharks' teeth embedded in clear plastic resin
  • Real shells, sea stars and sea urchins
  • Decorator Crab flip book
  • Magnetic puzzle, mix and match poster and images of magnified marine life
  • Coral Seas DVD
  • Hand puppets, finger puppets, felt seaweed and fabric to recreate marine habitats
  • Octopus poster, story and reference books
  • Teachers notes
  • Box Journal

Your students can also connect with an Australian Museum educator via video conference whilst using the box materials with the help of a presenter from Fizzics Education.

This Museum in a Box works well when paired with Little Life, a hands-on workshop based on ecological requirements and associations of a variety of animals and plants.

Syllabus links

Requirements & cost

Other boxes available

 
assorted sea creatures in front of a box

Museum in a Box - Sea Creatures
Photographer: James King © Australian Museum

Museums in a Box - Sea Creatures (Blue Ring Octopus closeup)

Museum in a Box - Sea Creatures
Photographer: Fizzics Education

Australian Curriculum and NSW K to 10 Syllabus Links

 Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

Science
 
  • Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002).
  • Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017).
  • Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211).
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (ACSSU030).
  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044).
  • Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072).
  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043).
 
Museum in a Box - Sealife  (baby turtle up close)

Museum in a Box - Sea Creatures
Photographer: Fizzics Education
Museum in a Box - National Parks - Snake Closeup

Museum in a Box - National Parks
Photographer: Fizzics Education
 

NSW Science & Technology Syllabus Content

A student:
 
  • identifies the basic needs of living things (STe-8NE).
     
  • describes external features, changes in and growth of living things (ST1-10LW).
     
  • describes that living things have life cycles, can be distinguished from non-living things and grouped, based on their observable features (ST2-10LW).
     
  • describes how structural features and other adaptations of living things help them to survive in their environment (ST3-10LW).

    NSW K - 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Requirements

When presented as a stand-alone science visit

 
  • Appropriate for 30 students per class
  • 8 Tables arranged around a room
  • Chairs are not required
  • Duration 60 minutes, set up time 30 minutes and pack up time 30 minutes

When presented as an additional 30-minute enrichment option


Here the Museum in a Box is added on to either Little Life or Working with Water as part of the science visit.
  • Appropriate for 30 students per class
  • 2 Tables additional arranged at the front of the room (plus 10 tables for the other workshop).
  • Chairs are not required
  • Duration 30 minutes plus 60 minutes for either Little Life or Working with Water
  • Set up time 45 minutes and pack up time 45 minutes

When presented as a video conference


We need are the following requirements so you can connect to the Australian Museum (we will out you in touch with the Australian Museum to arrange a test call).
 
Web conference (no H.323 VC hardware on site)
 
  • A desktop computer or smart tablet connected to a data projector, interactive whiteboard or TV
  • Once the date & time is arranged we will send you simple connection instructions (one click & you're in!)
  • A date and time you wish to book (please be aware of time zones to Sydney)
  • Duration 45 minutes
  • Set up time 30 minutes and pack up time 30 minutes
Video conference (you have H.323 VC hardware on site) ... all NSW Public Schools have these
 
  • NSW Public Schools will connect to Australian Museum's Virtual Room Meeting number.
  • For all other schools we will need your IP address (also known as the 'dial in' number).
  • A date and time you wish to book (please be aware of time zones to Sydney)
  • Duration 45 minutes
  • Set up time 30 minutes and pack up time 30 minutes
Contact us or speak with IT support or your distance learning officer if you need help in setting up a video conference excursion with us!

For us to provide the best possible learning experience, the materials used during the presentation may be varied to suit the conditions and the audience. Please chat with our presenter if there is a particular focus that you'd like us to cover.

Cost

Available Term 1 Only

 
  • $360 inc. GST per 60-minute workshop when 2 workshops or more are booked on the same day.
    If only one workshop is required, the cost would be $450 inc. GST per day
     
  • $88 inc. GST if presented as an additional teaching box for 30 minutes with our workshops Little Life or Working with Water.
     
  • $88 inc. GST if presented as guided 45-minute video conference with the Australian Museum as part of a science visit of Fizzics Education. This option is available to those schools already having a visit by Fizzics Education that day.
     
  • Outside of Sydney? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a regional science tour!
Call 1300 856 828, or use this form to enquire or make a booking for your primary school. 

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We don't charge per student as we know that this causes an additional administrative load on your school office. Most schools tend to fill the science workshops & shows based on our recommended maximum number of students. If you have any questions please contact us.
 
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