Curious little scientists question the world

06 August 2018
A preschooler examines a specimen using a microscope
A preschooler examines a specimen using a microscope

A class of 24 preschoolers from Learning Edge Montessori Preschool (Glen Eden) recently visited the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) as part of their enquiry topic, “what our parents do at work”.

Along with their teachers and parent helpers, the children got a taste of student life by taking part in a range of activities arranged by professional teaching fellow, Dr Kathryn Jones.

“It was so great having the children here, they are all naturally curious little scientists, questioning the world,” Dr Jones says.

“I want to embed that spark of excitement for science in them, to hopefully last a lifetime!”

The young students started with an interactive lecture on biology before participating in a field trip in the grounds around Old Government House, using their powers of observation to explore the environment and biodiversity.

They thoroughly enjoyed a visit to the Macgregor zoology museum, with many children wanting to stay and explore the exhibits further.

These budding, young biologists finished their trip by examining a variety of objects such as thistle leaves, flies, flowers and blood slides under microscopes in the East lab.

The children had a fantastic time and spent the afternoon back at preschool drawing and sharing stories of the things they had seen at SBS.

Comments included:
• Ira (aged 5): “I liked watching the butterfly under the microscope. I saw a big koru on a fern plant.”
• Raymond (aged 3.5): “I saw lots of bones at the museum and I found an acorn in the park.”

It was a wonderful morning for all participants!
 

Preschoolers and parents enjoy a biology lecture before exploring the Macgregor zoology museum
Preschoolers Skye McVeigh (with mum Deidre) and Gabriel King (with dad Steve) enjoy a biology lecture before exploring the Macgregor zoology museum