Year 11 students participated in the Australian Museum’s education program sparking their curiosity to develop a scientific understanding and enhancing their cultural awareness.

This engaging Biology program was provided by the Australian Museum, Taronga Zoo, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust and the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden.

Students examined fossils, specimens, live animals and plants to understand biological diversity by explaining the relationships between a range of organisms in terms of specialisation for selected habitats and evolution of species.

The Study Day comprised of three educator-led sessions including Theory of Evolution.

The Australian Museum. Students performed first-hand investigations of fossils, skeletons and genetic data from Australian animals to learn how comparative anatomy and genetics support the Theory of Evolution,

The North Coast Regional Botanic Garden educators lead students in an investigation of plant reproductive strategies, Australian native plants, both past and present; and plant adaptations for a drying continent.

Students were provided with the opportunity to engage with live animals through the Taronga Zoo mobile. They explored the impacts that selection pressures have on population dynamics. Students also discovered how adaptations increase an organism’s chance of survival while interacting with a selection of Australian animals.