Secondary Education 2018
Students from Greenpoint Christian School participate in an Educator led session on Climate Change and Biodiversity. Permissions for photogrpahy were granted by the parents and school. Image: Abram Powell
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In this hands-on workshop, students will explore how genetic information is transferred in DNA and watch how it can be extracted for genetic analysis. Students will also learn about the important research conducted in the Australian Museum Research Institute and will complete their own investigation to determine how DNA can be used to compare and identify species.

This program takes place within the Patricia McDonald Education Rooms, the Museum’s new classrooms. The programs and resources have been specially designed or sourced to enable group work, hands-on experiences, exploration and open-ended questioning, which foster collaboration and critical thinking.

The program will be facilitated by a Museum educator, and we strongly encourage teacher, parent and guardian participation.

Audience: This program is bookable for Stages 4-5.
Cost: $10 (GST included) per student with a minimum cost of $100 per session.
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: Up to 30 students per session
Term: Term 1, 2024
Dates: Monday - Fridays
Times: 10am, 11:00am, 12:15pm & 1:15pm

A Day at the Museum for disadvantaged schools
If you are classified as a disadvantaged Australian primary and/or secondary school with an ICSEA value of less than 1000, or a special school, as defined by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) you may be eligible for our A Day at the Museum program.

NSW Syllabus (for the Australian curriculum)

Stage 4

Science Years 7-10 Syllabus


  • relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction SC4-14LW
  • explains how new biological evidence changes people's understanding of the world SC4-15LW


LW1 There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (ACSSU111)

LW2 Cells are the basic units of living things and have specialised structures and functions (ACSSU149)

LW3 Multicellular organisms contain systems of organs that carry out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce (ACSSU150)

LW4 Scientific knowledge changes as new evidence becomes available, and some scientific discoveries have significantly changed people's understanding of the world. (ACSHE119, ACSHE134)

Stage 5

Science Years 7-10 Syllabus


  • analyses interactions between components and processes within biological systems SC5-14LW
  • explains how biological understanding has advanced through scientific discoveries, technological developments and the needs of society SC5-15LW


LW1 Multicellular organisms rely on coordinated and interdependent internal systems to respond to changes in their environment. (ACSSU175)

LW3 Advances in scientific understanding often rely on developments in technology, and technological advances are often linked to scientific discoveries. (ACSHE158, ACSHE192)

– the exact replication of DNA

– changes in genes (mutation)

    1. describe, using examples, how developments in technology have advanced biological understanding, eg vaccines, biotechnology, stem-cell research and in-vitro fertilisation
    2. discuss some advantages and disadvantages of the use and applications of biotechnology, including social and ethical considerations

Any changes to numbers or cancellations must be made in writing by emailing before the date for Final Confirmation (14 days prior to your visit).

Final booking numbers must be confirmed at least 14 days prior to the scheduled visit.

A tax invoice will be issued prior to your visit based on Final Confirmation details.

A tax invoice based on Final Confirmation details will be issued prior to your visit or session.

Please advise at the time of booking if the tax invoice needs to be issued to a different contact name or email address. NSW Department of Education schools that use the EDConnect payment system should advise this at time of booking and provide a purchase order number if required.

Our payment terms are net 14 days. However, it is the AM’s strong preference that bookings be paid in full prior to the visit.

Adjustments on the day – the AM will adjust the invoice amount and you must pay the difference where:
i) Group numbers increase from Final Confirmation numbers; or
ii) the Group changes to a more expensive booking/ticket.

The adjusted invoice payment terms are net 14 days. To be clear, where numbers are less than Final Confirmation numbers, no deductions or refunds will be given.

Group Bookings Terms and Conditions

For information about your excursion, arrival to the Museum and available facilities, visit our School groups page.