This week, our Year 6 students participated in an online excursion with the Powerhouse Museum, as part of the Sydney Science Festival. The students tuned into a live webinar with Corey Tutt, CEO and founder of Deadly Science.
Deadly Science provides science resources, mentoring and training to remote and regional schools in Australia, with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Corey Tutt is a proud Kamilaroi man and was named Young Australian of the Year for NSW 2020.
Miss Rebecca Radloff, Year 6 Homeroom Teacher spoke with enthusiasm of the excursion:
The students really enjoyed learning about Aboriginal contributions to Science, about native wildlife, and about how we can do our bit to protect the beautiful country we live in. SGCS submitted a question about Australia’s first astronomers, and Corey told us all about how Aboriginal people would use the stars to know when to harvest different foods e.g. Yams & Emu eggs.
Many students were interested Corey’s knowledge of the Tasmanian Devil, and scientists attempts to cure the species of Devil Facial Tumour disease. Some students expressed surprise that vaccines could be created to help animals, just like they are used to help humans.
Below, some student feedback:
“I enjoyed learning things I never knew before. For example, Tasmanian Devils eat absolutely anything!” Michelle Z.
“I liked learning about Tasmanian Devils, what makes them sick, and how they are making a vaccine to help them survive.” Madeleine D.
“I liked learning about freshwater eels. They spend their life in freshwater, but then they go out into the (saltwater) ocean to breed.” Christopher T.
“I liked learning about crocodiles, and how they are actually very emotional” Corey told a story of a crocodile that had been rescued from the wild and put in an enclosure, but wouldn’t eat for a month. The crocodile wasn’t eating because it was missing its home as crocodiles are very territorial.) . Miriam B.
Image: Corey Tutt, Deadly Science Powerhouse Museum. Credit: photo by Daniel Boud. Published with permission.