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Water Bug Detectives

Designed for Years 3 - 6

Your students become aquatic scientists to solve a terrible underwater crime.  A damselfly has gone missing but is the culprit predation or pollution? 

This engaging incursion uses a water bug sample that we collect from the local river, creek or wetland.  In groups, students learn how to safely catch the bugs (such as shrimp, dragonfly nymphs, snails and boatmen) and identify the bugs and their role in the food chain. 


We bring microscopes to view the bugs up close and use their presence and abundance to assess stream health, as some are more tolerant to pollution than others.  Armed with this information, students form hypotheses as to what may have happened to the missing damselfly.

We can extend this session with an interactive game that models food chains and ecosystem balance.

The Biological Sciences curriculum covered in this incursion focusses on living things, their features, adaptations, interdependence and the physical conditions of the environment where they live.  This incursion suits sustainability, water and biodiversity units. Please let us know when you book if there is a particular focus that you would like us to cover.

All incursion bookings include a year-level appropriate and Victorian Curriculum aligned education pack, including pre- and post-incursion lesson plans, as well as a task for assessment.

Important stuff
  • Each session runs for 60 minutes. We can adjust to fit with 50 minute timetables.

  • Numbers are limited to one class (approximately 25 students) per session, to enable maximum participation and meaningful hands-on time.

  • We require the use of a large indoor space such as a BER building, multipurpose room or double-classroom with a hard floor as water may spill.

  • We will arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the session to set up.

  • We have full public liability insurance.


Our competitive pricing structure is excellent value for money.

  • Minimum callout: (includes up to two sessions, with up to 50 children in total) $545 + GST. 

  • 3+ sessions $275 + GST per session.

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Terms and Conditions:

An estimation of the total cost of the incursion will be made based on current or projected student numbers at the time of booking.  Cancellations made 5 or less business days before the date of the incursion will be charged for 50% of the estimated cost of the incursion.

Rural schools 50KM+ from Melbourne may incur a travel surcharge, please discuss this with us when you book.

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