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Mistaken creepy crawlies?

This website provides information and activities for Levels 9 and 10 Biological Sciences in relation to the interaction between organisms using scientific research by Natalie Gasz investigating the role maggots play in medicinal environments.

The content found within correlates to the Victorian Science Curriculum.

(Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (VCSSU121))

Grafitti Wall:

  •  Class contribution of ideas to a class discussion on ecosystems and their components

Puzzling Out:

  • Self-guided/directed learning of the ecosystems concepts and how they link with each other

Investigating Relationships:

  • Students will move around to the different stations, and identify the type of relationships that organisms have with each other

Socio-Scientific Issue:

  • Students will read articles on the role that maggots play in society, then document how their perceptions have changed afterwards

Scientist’s Three Minute Thesis Talk:

  • Students will watch the Three Minute Thesis Talk video of Deakin University scientist Natalie Gasz. They will use information to add or modify their original responses to the graffiti wall.


Marsh-Maggot Dissection:

  • Students are given the activity of a mock maggot dissection to better understand the physical nature of this research and what Natalie undergoes in her line of work. ​

Effect of antibiotics on Bacterial growth

  • Students to perform a bacterial plating using maggot bacterial broth and investigate the effect of antibiotics on bacterial growth

Adaptations for Survival:

  • Students apply their understanding of interactions between organisms to describe adaptations of maggots and bacteria and construct annotated food chains and webs

Science Tiggy:

  • Students participate in a fast paced questionnaire with a twist.

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