All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the new curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our Secondary School programs have been developed for specific units of study within Geography and Science. Each can however be tailored to a school’s needs. The programs are great fun and involve the in-depth study of an animal virus that has affected a local community in the past (for example, Hendra Virus or Swine Flu). Students gain an understanding of how the virus originated, how it was carried, how it was transmitted and how it was/is currently being managed. They hear from scientists in immunobiology and pharmacy about cutting edge research to combat infectious diseases. These programs are delivered by passionate facilitators with specialist knowledge on human biology. The experiences can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
Understanding how a disease spreads and how it affects the human body is imperative. This knowledge allows humankind to stop or slow epidemics, a feat that saves hundreds of lives around the world. On this adventure, you will learn about an infectious disease that has historically affected your community. You will trace the disease from its point of origin (using maps) to the community to the pathology lab.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Infectious Diseases” excursion. All excursion packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.
|09:00||Tour group pick- Second Nature have a fleet of vehicles available to cater for any number of passengers (within reason). We can provide transport to and from schools and airports|
|09:30||Arrive at destination for Activity session 1 This activity is an introduction to the topic of study. A virus will be identified, and the guides will talk through a brief history of how this virus appeared in the local community, how it began to spread as well as other areas that it may have affected. Students will be asked to the highlight the locations of different outbreaks on a map.|
|10:30||Activity Session 2 Students will be given a chance to interview local business owners and residents about their knowledge of the virus and how it may have affected their lives. It may be the case that an interviewee was infected with the virus and continues to be treated for it.|
|11:30||Lunch at destination Great areas to take a break and relax!|
|12:30||Activity Session 3 During this activity, students will walk around the town or a nearby wildlife sanctuary and discuss vectors of the disease. They will consider pathways for the disease to pass from animals to humans and view known carriers in their wild environment.|
|13:30||Depart destination for Pathology Lab|
|13:45||Arrive at Pathology Lab for Activity Session 4 Take a guided tour of a pathology lab. Students will see researchers in action screening blood samples for pathogens and isolating infected blood cells for further analysis.|
|14:30||Depart destination, back to school or airport|
|15:00||Arrive back at school or airport when required|