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Professional Development

Southern Biological offers a monthly workshop program at our Knoxfield premises. Come and join us for an afternoon of information, a chance to network with colleagues and a nice afternoon tea.

Bookings are essential. To make a booking click the red "Book Now" button. To ensure that we can maintain the low cost of each event, a credit card will be required for the on-line booking. Should your school not have the flexibility of a credit card, please contact us and we will make an alternative arrangement. For these bookings, the cost will be slightly higher to accommodate the extra processing work involved with a non-credit card registration.

Self managed on-line bookings via credit card, $28 per participant.
Booking via phone, purchase order or cash etc. $38 per participant.

March
2017

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Event:

Professional Development Day, Practical photosynthesis activities

Location:

Southern Biological, Knoxfield Vic

Time:

Thursday, 23rd March 2017, 1:30pm to 4:00pm (arrive from 1:00pm)

Cost

Self managed on-line bookings via credit card, $28 per participant.
Booking via phone, purchase order or cash etc. $38 per participant.

Workshop Details:

Photosynthesis is a key component of middle year science as well as senior biology, but it is an abstract subject that is considered "one of the most difficult topics to teach" [1]. At least part of the difficulty is that there are very few reliable experiments that can dispel students' misconceptions and build a foundation for learning.

This workshop will present some experiments that are simple to set up and easy to scale for classes of any size. Join us for some practical hands-on experience with variegated leaves, water plants and alginate balls containing algae.

1. Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts, S. Koba and A. Tweed, NSTA Press, 2009, p.120.

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.

April
2017

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Event:

Professional Development Day, Drosophila - A practical introduction to culturing for student activities

Location:

Southern Biological, Knoxfield Vic

Time:

Thursday, 27th April 2017, 1:30pm to 4:00pm (arrive from 1:00pm)

Cost

Self managed on-line bookings via credit card, $28 per participant.
Booking via phone, purchase order or cash etc. $38 per participant.

Workshop Details:

Drosophila melanogaster, commonly known as the Vinegar Fly, is famous for its use as a model organism in studies of genetic inheritance. The life cycle is completed in 20 days which makes it possible to produce many generations in a relatively short time. If you have never worked with Drosophila before, this workshop will give you the grounding you’ll need to prepare student experiments. We cover topics including caring for your flies, preparing growth medium, sexing flies and identifying genetic traits.

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.

May
2017

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Event:

Professional Development Day, Gel electrophoresis - Basic knowledge

Location:

Southern Biological, Knoxfield Vic

Time:

Thursday, 25th May 2017, 1:30pm to 4:00pm (arrive from 1:00pm)

Cost

Self managed on-line bookings via credit card, $28 per participant.
Booking via phone, purchase order or cash etc. $38 per participant.

Workshop Details:

Gel Electrophoresis (GEP) is a powerful analytical tool for molecular biologists that can now be safely used by students in school laboratories. In this hands-on workshop, participants working in groups of three will prepare agar gels, load dyes, and run separations to experience each step and learn what is involved in this exciting area of science. Further information and tips on using DNA in realistic biotechnology experiments will be provided. This workshop is aimed at technicians who are new to GEP, or who have tried it before and would like more experience before proceeding.

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.

June
2017

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Event:

Professional Development Day, Fun with fungi and bacteria

Location:

Southern Biological, Knoxfield Vic

Time:

Thursday, 22nd June 2017, 1:30pm to 4:00pm (arrive from 1:00pm)

Cost

Self managed on-line bookings via credit card, $28 per participant.
Booking via phone, purchase order or cash etc. $38 per participant.

Workshop Details:

The first part of this workshop will cover some basic aspects of working with micro-organisms – aseptic technique, subculturing, preparing a bacterial lawn, and safe waste disposal. From this base, we will introduce some practical activities that lend themselves to classroom activities and individual student projects. These will include culturing fungi, studying antibiotic resistance of bacteria and using Petrifilm in student experiments. If you have not used test discs, Mastrings or Petrifilm, nor cultured the intriguing fungus, Phycomyces blakesleeanus, then this workshop is for you.

This will be a hands-on experience that is suitable for both technicians and teachers.

July
2017

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Event:

Professional Development Day, Studying enzymes in theory and practice

Location:

Southern Biological, Knoxfield Vic

Time:

Thursday, 27th July 2017, 1:30pm to 4:00pm (arrive from 1:00pm)

Cost

Self managed on-line bookings via credit card, $28 per participant.
Booking via phone, purchase order or cash etc. $38 per participant.

Workshop Details:

Enzymes are proteins that act as catalysts. They speed up biochemical reactions to make them useful for metabolism in living organisms. This workshop will combine a study of the theoretical aspects of enzyme function with some practical examples of enzyme experiments. The theoretical basis of enzyme action will be explored using the Enzymes In Action kit from 3D Molecular Designs. This kit uses manipulative models to demonstrate the specific nature of enzyme-substrate reactions, the way they lower activation energy to speed reactions up, and the role of inhibitors. The practical experiments will be based on a selection from the large range of enzymes that is available from Southern Biological for school lab activities.

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.

August
2017

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Event:

Professional Development Day, Working with simulated body fluids

Location:

Southern Biological, Knoxfield Vic

Time:

Thursday, 24th August 2017, 1:30pm to 4:00pm (arrive from 1:00pm)

Cost

Self managed on-line bookings via credit card, $28 per participant.
Booking via phone, purchase order or cash etc. $38 per participant.

Workshop Details:

Understanding the digestive process, the immune system and human illnesses such as diabetes and kidney disease can be significantly enhanced by analysing body fluids such as saliva, blood and urine. However, this is not possible in most school settings. The answer is to use simulated fluids that allow you to carry out measurements and experiments that would otherwise be impossible. This workshop will introduce you to a number of safe activities based on simulated saliva, blood and urine that can be used to build students’ understanding of key aspects of human biology.

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.

September
2017

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Event:

Professional Development Day, Food science

Location:

Southern Biological, Knoxfield Vic

Time:

Thursday, 14th September 2017, 1:30pm to 4:00pm (arrive from 1:00pm)

Cost

Self managed on-line bookings via credit card, $28 per participant.
Booking via phone, purchase order or cash etc. $38 per participant.

Workshop Details:

Food is an excellent context for teaching chemistry because every student has an interest in what they eat! This workshop will present a number of safe activities that can be carried out by students, as well as some that make good demonstrations. For example, we will test to identify carbohydrates and proteins, examine the chemistry behind the preparation and use of soaps, study the breakdown of different sugars by enzymes, and determine the level of vitamin C in certain foods.

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.

October
2017

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Event:

Professional Development Day, Wisconsin Fast Plants - The lifecycle and genetics of plants

Location:

Southern Biological, Knoxfield Vic

Time:

Thursday, 26th October 2017, 1:30pm to 4:00pm (arrive from 1:00pm)

Cost

Self managed on-line bookings via credit card, $28 per participant.
Booking via phone, purchase order or cash etc. $38 per participant.

Workshop Details:

Participants in this workshop will explore plant life cycles and genetics by working with varieties of Wisconsin Fast Plants (WFP). In their short life cycle (seed to seed in just 35-45 days), WFP rapidly pass through all the stages of a flowering plant and exhibit a wide variety of physical traits. This makes them ideal for exploring plant growth and development, physiology, reproduction, photo responses, evolution and ecology. They are also a great way for students to study Mendelian genetics with hands-on experimentation. The workshop will cover setting up, growing and pollinating WFP. Monohybrid and dihybrid crosses will be explained using different strains across two generations, and participants will examine seedlings and germinating seed plates for genetic cross analysis.

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.

November
2017

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Event:

Professional Development Day, Understanding and measuring pH with OHAUS

Location:

Southern Biological, Knoxfield Vic

Time:

Thursday, 16th November 2017, 1:30pm to 4:00pm (arrive from 1:00pm)

Cost

Self managed on-line bookings via credit card, $28 per participant.
Booking via phone, purchase order or cash etc. $38 per participant.

Workshop Details:

The concept of pH is a fundamental aspect of chemistry that students hear about from an early stage. Even people with very little scientific knowledge are aware of pH as a result of activities such as maintaining a swimming pool. For those studying or working in a scientific field, it is important to know not only the theory behind pH, but also the practical aspects of measuring it. This workshop will present some tips for correctly measuring pH and maintaining and trouble-shooting pH meters and electrodes. We will also look at preparing standard solutions, understanding how buffer solutions work, the usefulness of indicators and other ways of measuring pH. To conclude, we will also consider testers for measuring salinity and conductivity of solutions.

This workshop will be co-presented by Corinne Winch, technical representative from OHAUS Australia

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.

Regional Professional Development Days

Southern Biological offers a regional workshop program. Come and join us for a day of information, a chance to network with colleagues and a nice morning and afternoon tea.

Bookings are essential. To make a booking click the red "Book Now" button. To ensure that we can maintain the low cost of each event, a credit card will be required for the on-line booking. Should your school not have the flexibility of a credit card, please contact us and we will make an alternative arrangement. For these bookings, the cost will be slightly higher to accommodate the extra processing work involved with a non-credit card registration.

If you are from regional Victoria, Southern Biological would like to bring a Professional Development day to your area, if you can assist in the organisation of the event. We offer regional workshop opportunities in terms 1, 2, and 3.

If you would like to be involved and you think there would be a minimum of 12 participants from a least 4 different schools in your location, then we would like to have a conversation and arrange a day.

The day will incorporate three workshops of 1.5 hours each, starting at 9am and finishing at 3:30pm. Morning and afternoon tea is provided by Southern Biological, with participants bringing their own lunch.

Cost: Self managed on-line bookings $55 per participant.
Booking via phone, purchase order or cash etc. $65 per participant.

Watch this page to see our next Regional Victorian Professional Development day.

May
2017

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Event:

Regional Professional Development Day, Geelong
Subject to minimum number of registrations

Location

St Joseph's College
135 Aphrasia Street
Newtown VIC 3220

 

Date:

Wednesday, 3rd May 2017
8:30am to 3:30pm

 

Schedule:

Time:

8:30AM - 9:00AM

Arrival, tea and coffee.

9:00AM - 10:30AM

First Workshop : Working with enzymes

10:30AM - 11:00AM

Morning Tea provided by St Josephs College

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Second Workshop : Aquatic microlife - working with algae and protozoans

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Lunch provided by St Josephs College

1:30PM - 3:00PM

Third Workshop : Practical photosynthesis

3:00PM - 3:30PM

Afternoon Tea provided by St Josephs College

3:30PM

Departure

Southern Biological would like to thank St Josephs College for their generosity in providing morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Workshop Details:

Workshop 1: Working with enzymes

Enzymes are nature's catalysts. They act to speed up biochemical reactions to make them useful for metabolism in living organisms. However, since they are complex polypeptides, enzymes can be denatured by shifts in temperature and pH, and this in turn can affect the way they work. Participants in this workshop will experiment with a range of enzymes including amylase, trypsin, lipase, rennin, urease and lactase to compare their reactions and discuss their suitability for student experiments. We will also look into troubleshooting enzyme reactions and using a datalogger to measure reaction rates where possible.

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.

Workshop Details:

Workshop 2: Aquatic microlife - working with algae and protozoans

Macro and microscopic aquatic organisms can be used in different ways to engage students in learning, often without the student realising that they are "doing" science. During our presentation we will explore various algae, water plants and aquatic life, and demonstrate activities that can be used within the classroom. Topics covered will include; classification, locomotion, feeding (Paramecium), reaction to light (Planaria), sensitivity to chemicals (Daphnia heart rate) and osmosis.

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.

Workshop Details:

Workshop 3: Practical photosynthesis

Photosynthesis is a key component of middle year science as well as senior biology, but it is an abstract subject that is considered "one of the most difficult topics to teach" [1]. At least part of the difficulty is that there are very few reliable experiments that can dispel students' misconceptions and build a foundation for learning. This workshop will present some experiments that are simple to set up and easy to scale for classes of any size. Join us for some practical hands-on experience with variegated leaves, water plants and alginate balls containing algae.

1. Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts, S. Koba and A. Tweed, NSTA Press, 2009, p.120

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.

June
2017

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Event:

Regional Professional Development Day, Mildura
Subject to minimum number of registrations

Location

Trinity Lutheran College
920 Fifteenth Street
Mildura VIC 3500

 

Date:

Thursday, 15th June 2017
8:30am to 3:30pm

 

Schedule:

Time:

8:30AM - 9:00AM

Arrival, tea and coffee.

9:00AM - 10:30AM

First Workshop : Blood forensics: Blood typing and detection.

10:30AM - 11:00AM

Morning Tea provided by Southern Biological

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Second Workshop : Human evolution: Where did we come from?

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Lunch
(Participants to bring their own lunch.)

1:30PM - 3:00PM

Third Workshop : Drosophila - A practical introduction to culturing for student activities

3:00PM - 3:30PM

Afternoon Tea provided by Southern Biological

3:30PM

Departure

Workshop Details:

Workshop 1: Blood forensics: Blood typing and detection

Forensic scientists often look for traces of blood at a crime scene as they gather evidence to convict the perpetrator. Participants in this workshop will be involved in two activities that relate to blood and forensics. The first exercise demonstrates how Luminol can be used to detect low levels of blood. As well as being a visually striking demonstration, there are lots of science learning outcomes in this activity. In the second exercise, we will determine the blood type (ABO) of several realistic artificial blood samples. Since the "blood" is not real, this is an ideal way to have students learn about the components of blood in a completely safe way.

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.

Workshop Details:

Workshop 2: Human Evolution: Where did we come from?

Although evolution via natural selection was proposed by Charles Darwin way back in 1859, much of our current knowledge about the way humans evolved has come about in just the last few decades. Vested interests, inflated egos and even conspiracy and scientific fraud hindered advancement for more than 100 years after Darwin published On The Origin Of Species. The story of our understanding of human evolution is as controversial as it is compelling.

This presentation will examine the way the present state of knowledge has been shaped and influenced by the personalities behind the discovery of key hominid fossils. Their amazing stories make an enthralling context in which to present this topic. Students are able to make enduring connections when they can associate the discovery of particular fossils with the people, places and events that were involved at the time.

The state of current thinking will be illustrated with a range of high precision reproductions that demonstrate the path our evolutionary journey has taken. To conclude, with one eye on the evolutionary pressures that brought us to the present, we will speculate about factors that might influence the survival of our species in the future.

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.

Workshop Details:

Workshop 3: Drosophila – A practical introduction to culturing for student experiments

Drosophila melanogaster, commonly known as the Vinegar Fly, is famous for its use as a model organism in studies of genetic inheritance. The life cycle is completed in 20 days which makes it possible to produce many generations in a relatively short time. If you have never worked with Drosophila before, this workshop will give you the grounding you’ll need to prepare student experiments. We cover topics including caring for your flies, preparing growth medium, sexing flies and identifying genetic traits.

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.

September
2017

Event:

Regional Professional Development Day, Loddon Area
Subject to minimum number of registrations

Location

To Be Advised

 

Date:

Thursday, 7th September 2017
8:30am to 3:30pm

 
Southern Biological is happy to announce that we will be presenting in the Loddon area on the 7th of September. More details will be available shortly.

Conferences and Exhibitions

See us at the following science education events:

November
2016

Event:

LABCON 2016

Location:

Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Time:

Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Workshop Details:

What is it with sugar?
Glucose is essential for life as we know it, but it is just one of many "sugars" that we ingest as part of a normal modern diet. We have evolved to enjoy sweet flavours, and yet overindulging can be detrimental to our health. So, what is it with sugar?
This workshop will explore some enzyme reactions that explain how sugars are metabolised and why these foods, that are so essential for life, can also pose health problems. Participants will compare some interesting enzyme experiments and, at the same time, see how various different sugars find their way into our dietary intake.

Practical photosynthesis
Photosynthesis is a key component of middle year science as well as senior biology, but it is an abstract subject that is considered "one of the most difficult topics to teach" (1). At least part of the difficulty is that there are very few reliable experiments that can dispel students' misconceptions and build a foundation for learning.
This workshop will present some experiments that are simple to set up and easy to scale for classes of any size. Join us for some practical hands-on experience with variegated leaves, water plants and alginate balls containing algae.
1. Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts, S. Koba and A. Tweed, NSTA Press, 2009, p.120

Website:

www.ltav.org.au