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Dissection Discoveries

Dissection Discoveries

A fantastic dissection workshop for primary students developed in conjunction with our friends from Dissection Connection.

Hands-on Biology School Workshop

Your students will explore the major body parts, how body systems are arranged and experience just what is like to work in a biological laboratory. Our presenter will guide your students through their dissections, pointing out relevant features of the specimen and ensuring safety throughout.

We only use high-quality specimens sourced from ethical suppliers, each prepared by Dissection Connection to laboratory standards. Fantastic as a stand-alone workshop or paired with our popular human body science incursion.

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Online Class Version

We’ve run live interactive distance programs since 2010 and are highly experienced in making online classes engaging for students on a variety of web conferencing platforms.

  • All of the same curriculum points will be covered, but the activities may vary from those listed for face-to-face incursions.
  • Our online classes include demonstrations, Q&A, and hands-on activities (you will receive a materials list upon booking).
  • Full child protections are in place
  • We usually connect to classes & homes via Zoom, however if you wish to use a different software we can work with you on getting the connection live.

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Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044).

Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043).

Use equipment and materials safely, identifying potential risks (ACSIS088).

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

NSW Science Syllabus Content A student:

compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things

questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations

selects and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity

examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things

plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions

plans and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity

NSW K – 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Victorian F – 10 Science Curriculum

Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)

Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)

Safely use appropriate materials, tools, equipment and technologies (VCSIS067)

Print a PDF which details K to 6 mapping of all our science visits

School Testimonials


Enngonia Public School

Lots of hands on activities and great presentations. The activities were appropriate for the levels of students and showed that science is fun

Dissection Workshop Details

This engaging workshop offers primary students a chance to be introduced to biology in a fun and safe atmosphere. Many schools use this to complement a human body unit of work. On the day of the school visit, Fizzics will supply relevant PPE and equipment for the workshop. If you wish the dissection to be performed by the Fizzics presenter only this also can be arranged.

A large variety of specimens can be used and are subject to availability.
Prices vary per specimen (see costs below) All are prepared ethically:

Whole Specimens

  • Piglet
  • Cane Toad
  • Crayfish (male & female pair)

Prepared specimens

  • Cow: eye, heart, knee joint, femur, hoof and lower limb.
  • Pig: half head (lateral section) and pluck (lungs, trachea, heart, oesophagus, liver)

All specimens are sent frozen from Dissection Connection to Fizzics Education prior to our visit.
This takes time to arrange so please let us know in advance which specimens you would like the students to work with!

This incursion can also be viewed as a LIVE web conference anywhere in the world!

Question – How are the whole animals euthanised?

The toads have been euthanised via CO2 asphyxiation in accordance with the latest method endorsed by Biosecurity Queensland. The piglet stillborns are collected from pig farms on the day of birth and frozen. There is no inducement to euthanise piglets to sell as specimens; a surviving piglet is worth much more to farmers as a product. Piglet stillborns that would normally be treated as waste can now help educate students in the classroom. Please inform your attending families prior to the visit that the specimens are prepared ethically by Dissection Connection.


Appropriate for years 3 to 6 with a maximum of 30 students per class

Students should have long hair tied back and wear closed-toe shoes

Chairs are not required

Access to at least 5 large tables, rooms with vinyl, wood or tiled floors are best

Students will work in groups of 2 or more, dependent on the number of specimens ordered

Duration 60 or 90 minutes, set up time 30 minutes and pack up time 30 minutes

For safety students will not be given sharp bladed instruments.
A thorough cleanup will be done by our presenter after the workshop.

During Social Distancing – Contact us
and we’ll tailor a program to suit both your school and the State’s social distancing requirements. Further details here

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Go further – Complete Units of Work to support your teaching!

Hours of High-Quality videos, printable experiments, quizzes, vocabulary lists,
Scope & sequences, cross-curricular teaching ideas,  marking rubrics & more
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$495 GST Free for per 60-minute class plus cost of the specimens you wish to dissect
$540 GST Free per 90-minute class plus cost of the specimens you wish to dissect


Eyes (6 per pack – $20.00)
Heart (1 per pack – $16.00)
Knee joint (1 per pack – $15.00)
Femur, half (1 lateral section per pack – $12.00)


Piglet, Female (1 per pack – $15.00)
Pluck with Liver (1 per pack – $18.50)… limited supply and needs to be booked ahead
Pluck without liver + Piglet ($25.00)
Head, half (1 lateral section per pack – $11.00)

Cane Toads

Cane Toad, Male or Female (1 per pack – $12.00)


Crayfish (1 male + 1 female per pack – $12.00)

Available as an online class anywhere in the world.
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In a regional area? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a country science tour!

Call 1300 856 828, or click below to make a booking for your primary school.

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