Childrens University Australasia Africa

2023

Australasia Children's University is part of the Children's Universities Worldwide and operated in Australia by The University of Adelaide.

"On the Job" is an Australasia Children's University Online Learning Destination!

Get your students to investigate!

 

Here below are activities for the Australasia Children's University participants.

There is a direct link to the activities page for each Job described on the website for the whole process - step by step

or Please feel free to photocopy the linked Word docs describing the activities but you will need to go to the website to do the detailed activity (ies)

PrimaryPrimary: aimed at students from Years 5 - 7

MiddleMiddle:
aimed at students from Year 7 - 9
    
Job Activities
September Holidays 2023

Pest Controller

Pest Controller
Activity 1: Introduced Species: Pest or Resoource? A Matter of Degrees - A philosophical exercise for family and friends

Primary Primary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

Process Word doc

Introduced Species - Information doc


Activity 2: Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - The Next Chapter

Primary Primary MiddleMiddle 

Word Doc - What to do

August 2023


Feedlot Manager

This link will take you straight to the Activities page

Feedlot Manager

Activity 1: The Feedlot Manager’s Working Life: what s/he needs to know: A SWOT Analysis

MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

Students are presented with a detailed article from the Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries looking at the feedlot profitability. They are to analyse the article and write up as many questions as they can after brainstorming. They have to pose at least one mathematical question. As a class, they are to discuss the big question: What does a feedlot manager need to know?

Activity 2: Solid Wastes in the Feedlot – What of it?
MiddleMiddle 
High SchoolSecondary

Students are given an article from The Meat  & Livestock Association Australia about waste management particularly manure in a feedlot. Students are to answer a number of mathematical calculations about the amount of manure produced; how much needs to be taken away; a comparison with the sale of cow manure; and, the overall cost of turning this waste product into a resource.

July Holidays 2023
Jigsaw Bingo - Can you match the cartoon to the name? Word docx

40 Matches
Primary
66 Matches
Primary
66 Matches - in French

Middle
June 2023

Auditor

Auditor

This link will take you to the website and the detailed activities.
1. Household Toilet Paper - An Audit
Primary Middle High School

2. The Cost of Rubbish Removal at School - any alternatives?
Primary Middle High School

3. The Dead Tree Detective
Primary Middle High School
May 2023

Food Process Worker

Food Process Worker

This link will take you to the website and the detailed activities.
Activity 1: Tastes like Chicken: How much chicken do you consume each week?
PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle 
After watching BTN, you are to create a timeline for the processing of chickens. You are to then investigate at the local supermarket the cost of different chicken products, create an Excel spreadsheet and work out best value for money. You are to do some research about the amount of chicken consumed by Australian families and survey the class about this consumption.

Activity 2: Thomas Foods International – their business explored!
PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary
After an introduction to Thomas Foods, you are to create a Lucid Flow Chart showing the process of the production of meat from Paddock to Plate. This activity can be challenging as the video with the information of the process of production starting at the Plate! Thomas Foods donate 4,300 kilos of sausage meat each month to Foodbank. You are to work out the donation and respond via a letter to this donation.

Activity 3 : Building a Conveyor Belt (from Try Engineering)
PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

You are to work in teams to design and build a conveyor belt system out of everyday materials to transport pieces of candy/sweets 120cm. 2 – 3 lessons of 45 mins are required. As a group you are asked to reflect on their achievements and interactions with each other – good soft skills activity involving creative thinking skills within the team.
Easter Holidays 2023

Let's Analyse
Word doc
Let's Analyse

PrimaryPrimary Years 5 - 6

In this activity, you are asked to look at a video singing about all sorts of jobs. You are to match up the job with its name, analyse and see if there is a balance between male and female, old and young.

Look at the Gamer and see if it is true that this job seems to always show a male.

Then you are to select one category in On the Job and see if it is balance and offer some recommendations.
March 2023

Surveyor

Surveyor
This link will take you to the website and the detailed activities.

Activity 1: Measuring distances using Google maps

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

 

This activity gets students to use Google Maps to work out measurements that they would normally encounter – eg. the distance between school and their sporting activity. They are also asked to go to Google Earth – Education to select one of the activities shown there – Gridlines in Earth with Carmen Sandiego; Immersive Global Imagery; and, Timelapse.

 

Activity 2: How ancient Babylonian land surveyors developed a unique form of Trigonometry – a 1000 years before the Greeks.
High SchoolSecondary

Using an article from The Conversation – 5 August 2021, students are to investigate the facts and figures of the Babylonians developing a unique form of trigonometry and challenging the idea that the Greeks were the initial inventors. They use the Retrieval Chart Strategy to summarise the data and hone their presentation and communication skills by explaining to another group what they have learnt.

February 2023

Data Analyst

Data Analyst
This link will take you to the website and the detailed activities.

Activity 2:  Data Analysis & Evaluation (developed by NSW Dept of Education)
Middle
Students find measures of location (mean, mode, median,) for small sets of data. Display in frequency table, stem and leaf plot or dot plot. Interesting activity in finding out about Year 8’s texting behaviour.
Suggestion of finding out how many TikToks students have watched in a week.

Activity 3: Big Data: What are you saying? (developed by Try Engineering)
High School

Students act as R&D entrepreneurs, learning ways to research variables affecting the market of their proposed (hypothetical) products.

Activity 4: Chemical Safety in Schools: a Data Analysis
Middle High School

Using an Excel spreadsheet, students are to investigate the chemicals found in schools – staff kitchens, technical classrooms, cleaner’s storerooms, etc. They are to then compare with the current Safety Data Sheets and analyse any discrepancies.

Past Activities

2022


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