Big Bang Education teams up with Mater Children’s Hospital in the name of Diabetes Research

 

Almost 1.2 million Australians have diabetes, many of them children. Understanding more about the disease, and ways we can tackle it, can help improve the lives of those Australians with diabetes.

Mater Research is currently involved in a nationwide clinical trial which is investigating the role of a number of environmental triggers for type 1 diabetes, such as food sources.

Big Bang Education teamed up with some of the diabetes researchers from the Mater Children’s Hospital to speak to the children at the hospital. The researchers spoke about some of the science behind their research, and Big Bang Education helped give the children an idea about what exactly is in the food we eat.

The children had a great time, even if it might have been a little concerning to hear how much sugar is in a bottle of coke, eeek!

Channel Nine also came along to film the event. Check out the story in the video!

You can read more about the research at the Mater Children’s Hospital here!

We can all use a good reminder about choosing healthy options when it comes to food and our lifestyles.

After all, we only get one body, so we’d better look after it!

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Bang! Crash! Smash! Science!

Our Year One workshop focuses on the Australian Curriculum concept that “Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed”.

So it’s probably little wonder that this is the noisiest of all our workshops, discovered recently with the help of the Year Ones of St Mark’s Primary School in Inala.

The children enjoyed making as much noise as possible with our great range of instruments and noisy everyday objects.

Children making noise in the name of scienceMore scientific noise-making

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As well as the noisemakers, the workshop includes experimenting with light, colours and optical illusions. And they all got to try on the latest scientific fashion accessory – rainbow glasses!

Everyone wearing rainbow glasses

(It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the lenses of the glasses split light into rainbows, so everything the wearer looks at is edged with rainbow colours.)

They also had the chance to experience a bug’s-eye view of the world.

Bug's eye view

 

Thanks St Mark’s, we had lots of fun visiting your students!

Our Year One program isn’t the only one that focuses on the Australian Curriculum learning outcomes – in fact, all of our school programs do! Contact us to find out more about bringing a fantastic curriculum-based science lesson to your school.

Big Bang visits Mater Hospital Special School

We recently had an exciting opportunity to take some science fun to the Mater Hospital Special School.

The students of this school are either being treated in hospital, or have to be away from their home for a long time because of a family member’s illness.

We devised a special program with activities covering a range of science concepts – light and colours, movement and electronics. The colour-changing UV bead bracelets were a huge hit with the younger students, while the older students loved experimenting with the electronics kits. Even the teachers enjoyed playing with all the movement-based toys!

It was a very enjoyable day all round, and it was also great to see how the older students helped the younger ones with some of the more challenging activities.

Thanks for having us, Mater Hospital Special School! We hope to see you again soon!

Do you teach in a special school, or know someone who does? We can tailor a specialised science program to suit the needs and abilities of your students – contact us today to discuss the possibilities!