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Children’s University Australasia – June 2020 Go Global Challenge

Go Global!

Your challenge this month is to research a country that begins with the initial letter of your first or last name. Choose some interesting and unusual facts about that country to share and remember to include details of the country’s location, language and population.

Create a Poster or Powerpoint presentation to display the facts that you have discovered and include maps and images to add interest.

Show your CUA coordinator for a stamp and up to two hours in your Passport.

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery Activity

Find out about Australia’s last eucalyptus oil distillery by taking part in an entertaining quiz.  Complete the Quiz here and show your CUA coordinator for 30 minutes in your Passport.  Want to know if your answers were correct?  Email: [email protected] to obtain a copy of the answer sheet.

Thinking through drawing @AGSA

Artist William Kentridge was born in 1955 in South Africa and currently lives and works in Johannesburg. His arts practice is diverse and includes drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, sculpture, tapestry, theatre and photography. Kentridge is best known for his animated charcoal drawings, where he erases and alters his images, photographing or filming the work in between each modification. The photographs and film are then combined to create a stop-motion animation.

These activities have been designed to engage students with drawing and to use drawing as a means of practicing looking with purpose. Completing all 3 activities in each part will earn you 90 minutes in your Passport to Learning.

Part 1 – Click here to access the materials

Part 2 – Click here to access the materials

Children’s University Australasia – May 2020 History Month Challenge

“That was the best!”

Have you ever said this? Can you remember when? Imagine you go can back to any time in the past- which event would you choose to describe using these words?

Your challenge for this month is to think about the BEST thing that EVER happened. It could have been the best thing for you, the best thing for humankind, or even the best thing for an animal. It could have happened yesterday, or 100 years ago, or even one million years ago! The choice is entirely up to you.

Once you have chosen the BEST thing EVER, you can present it in many different ways:

  • You may wish to draw a picture or write a poem.
  • You could dress up and re-enact the event and take a video or photo.
  • You could make a model or design a collage, even sing a song or build it on Minecraft.

Take evidence of your ‘BEST thing EVER’ to show your CUA coordinator for a stamp and up to two hours in your Passport.

Hidden Messages @Alys Jackson Writer

I’m a poet and author of children’s short stories and books. If you enjoy playing with words or reading stories and poetry, then you’ll love the activities that I’ve prepared for you.

Did you know that some poems contain hidden messages? These poems are called acrostic poems which is just a fancy word for a really fun idea. To learn how to write an acrostic poem, watch the video here, then show your poem to your School Coordinator for a 30 minute stamp in your Passport.

Children’s University Australasia – April 2020 Online Challenge

When you hear the word biodiversity you may think about wildlife and huge areas, but did you know that it is important to maintain biodiversity even in your own backyard? Your challenge for this month is to have a  look at your garden, and set yourself a goal to increase its biodiversity. This may be planting native species or creating a bird feeder – there are many ways to change your environment! Take a photo of the changes you have made, and keep an eye on it as the year goes on.  Be sure to take evidence of your work to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp and a maximum of two hours. As always, we love to see what you come up with so please ask an adult to share on Facebook.

The Children’s University of Manchester

Did you know that the Children’s University of Manchester (ChUM) website is a Learning Destination for Children’s University UK Trust and Children’s University Australasia?

There are 14 different online modules you can choose from, from learning about Ancient Egypt to the brain and senses. Every time you complete a module, just download the certificate or take a photo of it and take it to your teacher to collect a stamp for one hour.

To access the materials click here.

Children’s University Australasia Virtual Festivals

Children’s University Australasia has its home at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. South Australia is known as the Festival State.

CU Adelaide is delighted to announce that we will be hosting our very own virtual festival season over the next few weeks!

Each Monday we will announce the type of festival on Facebook, the CUA website and CUA Portal with instructions on how to take part and share your participation with us here at CUA. Remember to keep all the evidence of your participation to show to your CUA coordinator to have hours added to your Passport to Learning. Each festival will last for a week. We’d also love to see what you create. You can either ask a parent or carer to upload it to Facebook or email us at [email protected]  and we will forward a Certificate of Participation.

  • Drama Festival: For this festival we would like you to channel your inner bard and create a 3 minute play. You can do this in any way you like. You could write a play script, draw a story board (download this Storyboard) or film your own play. Your play could be an original story or you can retell a favourite story – the choice is up to you! Keep the finished play to show your CUA coordinator for a maximum of 3 hours in your CUA Passport to Learning. We’d also love to see what you create. You can either ask a parent or carer to upload it to Facebook or email us at [email protected] and we will forward a Certificate of Participation. If you want to know more about Shakespeare and his plays, and want some good ideas for a great plot – follow this link to the Royal Shakespeare Company Learning Zone: https://www.rsc.org.uk/shakespeare-learning-zone.
  • Book Festival:  This festival is all about books. We’d like you to create a picture book or a graphic novel. This could be for readers of any age but the pictures will be really important and they should tell the story. You can use some words too, but not too many. You can draw your own pictures, take photos or cut pictures from a magazine or newspaper. You can assemble the pictures to tell your story any way you choose – you could use the storyboard from the drama challenge, or you could follow our video or CUA Book Festival Booket instructions to make your own booklet.  Keep the finished book to show your CUA coordinator for a maximum of 3 hours in your CUA Passport to Learning. We’d also love to see what you create. You can either ask a parent or carer to upload it to Facebook or email us at [email protected]  and we will forward a Certificate of Participation.
  • Art Festival: Channel your inner artist and make a masterpiece for this week’s virtual festival! Research an artist and choose an artwork that you really like and make your own version. You could be creative and use collage, photography or found objects. Or simply be inspired and see where your imagination takes you! See Sally’s masterpiece here: CUA Art Festival.  Keep the finished artwork, or a picture of it, to show your CUA coordinator for a maximum of 3 hours in your CUA Passport to Learning. We’d also love to see what you create. You can either ask a parent or carer to upload it to Facebook or email us at [email protected]  and we will forward a Certificate of Participation.
  • Fashion Festival: This week’s festival is all about fashion. It’s time to strut your stuff! We’d like you to put together your own fashion show. You can use your own clothes, borrow from your family (ask permission first!) or make some new designs from items around the house. Take some photos or shoot some video on your very own runway! If you can’t get in touch with your inner model, why not release your creativity on paper? Design your own amazing outfits and keep your collection to show your CUA coordinator for a maximum of 3 hours in your CUA Passport to Learning.  We’d also love to see what you create. You can either ask a parent or carer to upload it to Facebook or email us at [email protected] and we will forward a Certificate of Participation.

Cookie Chemistry Lecture

Science plays a huge role in cooking – helping to make foods both safe and delicious. This week’s CUA lecture with Dr Luca takes a deep dive into the chemistry involved in baking cookies, discussing the role of different ingredients and what processes as occurring in the creation of a favourite sweet!  After watching the video here, bake your own batch of cookies and take a photo of them baking as evidence for 1 hour in your Passport.

All Things Pasta @ Regency TAFE

The internationally renowned Regency International Centre, TAFE SA Regency Park, offers ‘The Kids’ Kitchen’ – a series of cooking and hospitality classes for young people aged 4 – 16 years. If you enjoy cooking and food (especially pasta), you’ll love these ‘The Kids’ Kitchen’ online activity booklets.

  • Let’s Discover All Things Pasta – Part A: Complete the booklet here and show your in-school CUA Coordinator for 1 hour in your Passport.
  • Let’s Discover All Things Pasta – Part B: Complete the booklet here and show your in-school CUA Coordinator for 1 hour in your Passport.

All About Snakes @Alys Jackson Writer

I’m a poet and author of children’s short stories and books. If you enjoy playing with words or reading stories and poetry, then you’ll love the activities that I’ve prepared for you.

Everyone’s afraid of something. Luckily, I’m not afraid of snakes. In fact, I like them. Which is lucky because I sometimes see snakes in our garden. Watch, listen and read my poem snakes here, then complete the activities Snakes Activity for a 30 minute stamp in your Passport.

The Land Belongs to Me @Alys Jackson Writer

Join author Alys Jackson as she reads her latest children’s book, The Land Belongs To Me. Alys will also discuss the process of storytelling, writing and leave the students with a challenge to earn extra hours in their Passport to Learning.  Watch the video here.  

Poems make me happy @Alys Jackson Writer

If you enjoy playing with language, poetry and words, you’ll love this activity.

Watch, read and listen to three very different poems and complete the activities for a one hour stamp in your Passport.  Download the activity here: Poems make me happy

Matter Matters Lecture

Join Dr Luca for this week’s Science Episode ‘Matter Matters’. Matter is all around us, but have you ever wondered why some substances exist as solid while other are liquid? Or why you can swim through water, but not cement? This week’s CUA Lecture explores the different states of matter and how to move between them.

Watch the video here and complete the quiz Matter Matters – Quiz as evidence for 30 minutes in your Passport.

Magic in the Rainforest @Ancient Explorer

Do you enjoy learning about Myths and Legends? If yes, you’ll love listening to Lisa read Magic in the Rainforest.  Watch the video story here and complete the activity: MythsandLegend for an hour stamp in your Passport.

Don’t forget to show your in-school Coordinator any illustrations you create. We love to see your artwork!

Stem Squad Zoom @Port Adelaide Enfield Libraries

This activity is for children who have an interest in hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Like our popular STEM Squad program in the Library, children will learn how to make things but this time at home. Children can access real-time live support.  Booking is essential. Please register here for either Mondays or Wednesdays. You will be sent a link to join a Zoom Web Conference prior to the event.

Show evidence of participation to your in-school CUA Coordinator for 30 minutes in your Passport.

Code Club @Port Adelaide Enfield Libraries

This activity offers free coding clubs that teach creative and computational skills to Aussie kids aged 8-15.

Hundreds of fun, step-by-step projects. Learn how to code musical instruments, create games, and make a birthday card. Learn to design and code your own projects and LOTS more!  Click here for more information.

Show evidence of participation to your in-school CUA Coordinator for 30 minutes in your Passport.

Activities with Children’s University Australasia

  • Mapsterpieces:  In this activity, you’re going to get the chance to make your own map artwork. You’ll also get to choose exciting styles of colours and shapes to create your mapsterpiece (get it?)!  Download the activity here: Mapsterpieces for one hour in your Passport.
  • Calling All Rocketeers!  Fun at Home with the Museum of the Great Southern: Are you looking for some Fun at Home?! Have you ever wondered what Newton’s Third Law of Motion is? The Museum of the Great Southern is Calling All Rocketeers! Your challenge is to build and launch a paper rocket. There are two rocket designs to choose from. You will learn about predicting, testing, observing, recording and refining rocket designs, while having fun! Take a photo or a video of the rocket you built and reflect on your design by answering the Observation questions. You will receive one hour in your Passport to Learning.  The project instructions and information can be found here.
  • Between Art and Quarantine:  Since April 2020, thousands of people from all over the world have been taking part in an exciting art challenge called “Between Art and Quarantine”. (Weird name, huh? It comes from the Dutch language, spoken by people that live in a country called ‘The Netherlands’. Someone from that country first came up with the idea for this challenge.) Now it’s time for you to get creative and join in! The challenge is super simple and a lot of fun.  Download the activity here: Between Art and Quarantine for up to two hours in your Passport.

International Antarctic Centre

The International Antarctic Centre provides visitors of all ages with an interactive, fun and exciting experience of Antarctica.  From the minute you venture through the alluring icy entrance, you’ll be captivated by the magic that is, Antarctica.

National Trust – SA – Poetry Activity

Write a poem about a single object of your choice.

Old and precious objects tell stories. Poetry expresses feelings or, as one poet put it, ‘Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance.’

In this activity, the National Trust put the two together. If you enjoy having fun with creativity, you will love this activity.

Read Helen’s Letter first here: NTSA Poetry Letter Helen Lawry (1) then take a look at Notes From the Poet there are some great ideas here: NTSA Notes from the poet

Last of all, have a go at following some warm up exercises: NTSA Poetry Warmups Helen Lawry before writing your very own poem. Don’t forget to keep a copy of your poem for a one hour stamp in your Passport from your in-school CUA Coordinator.

Marvel at Mutations Lecture – Extension Activities

Join Dr Luca for this week’s Science Episode ‘Marvel at Mutations’.  Every animal and plant species is unique, and this is all due to small but essential mutations!  This weeks lecture will discuss what a mutation is, when they take place and how they can shape the ecosystems around us.  Watch the video hereHave a pen and paper ready to go and complete the word jumble provided to you as evidence of your participation for a stamp and 30 minutes in your Passport.  

For an additional 30 minutes per activity, click here to complete Marvel at Mutations – Extension Activity.

Citizen Science Projects @Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin

Ever wanted to be part of real scientific research? Do you enjoy being outdoors? Dig out your camouflage and lab coat and get involved in a Citizen Science Project.

Citizen Science Projects involve your participation and teamwork in scientific research. It’s a great way to gather community knowledge, skills and passion to help answer questions about different organisms, and how to best to manage our precious natural resources.

  • Birds in Backyards
  • Wild Pollinator Count (Autumn: 12–19 April 2020 & Spring: 8–15 November)
    *To help you identify the birds or pollinator counters you face found, download the
    ‘Seek iNaturalist’ app*

These projects are real life scientific research projects! Please ensure you follow these important guidelines to ensure scientists are receiving quality information:

  • Don’t eat anything you find in the wild
  • Respect other living things by not harassing or touching them. Some may sting or bite.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings stay safe, and don’t trespass.
  • Only record things you find in the wild. No pets!
  • Only submit your information once. Don’t double-up on your record.
  • Don’t upload photos with people faces in them.
  • Follow any guidelines in respect of social distancing and restricted activities in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Project information and instructions can be found here :  Citizen Science

CUA members are eligible for one hour in their Passport to Learning for their first survey / record per project. Additional surveys / records will earn 30 minutes each.

At Home Activities with CU Adelaide

An Ant’s Appetite 

  • Have you ever dropped a piece of food on the floor, and before you knew it, the food was covered in ants!? Yet at other times ants don’t come near your crumbs? Why is that?
  • This experiment will help you discover what foods ants like to eat and what they need for nutrition. You could do this experiment at different times of the year and see if ants have different dietary needs during cold and warm weather. I wonder if ants share the same favourite food as you do?
  • Click here for the instructions: An Ant’s Appetite Instructions and then complete your data collection: An Ant’s Appetite – Data Collection Sheet for 2 hours in your Passport.

Portfolio of Learning

  • Many CUA members are seeking out new and exciting learning opportunities at home this term, and want to include much of that in their Passport to Learning. To support this, CU Adelaide is asking each student to keep a Portfolio of Learning throughout this period.
  • Each time you find and complete a new learning activity (i.e. something that is not listed on the CUA website, Facebook page or Portal) we ask that you complete an entry in your Portfolio. This can be either handwritten, or electronic.
  • Each entry in your Portfolio will earn 30 minutes in your Passport. You can include up to five hours of learning in your Portfolio each week. Simply show this to your CUA Coordinator for approval, and to have the hours included in your Passport.  Click here to access the material.

Chinese Language with Jayee

Learn about Chinese Calligraphy with one of our Amazing University of Adelaide Alumni Jayee. Learn the authentic way to create the characters and the story behind them during a five part series.

  • Episode 1:  Watch the video here and practice on the worksheet here.  Each character and practice of that character is worth 30 minutes in your Passport.
  • Episode 2: Watch the video here and practice on the worksheet here.  Each character and practice of that character is worth 30 minutes in your Passport.
  • Episode 3:  Watch the video here and practice on the worksheet here.  Each character and practice of that character is worth 30 minutes in your Passport.
  • Episode 4:  Watch the video here and practice on the worksheet here.  Each character and practice of that character is worth 30 minutes in your Passport.
  • Episode 5:  Watch the video here and practice on the worksheet here.  Each character and practice of that character is worth 30 minutes in your Passport.

Zoo Investigator

  • Head to the San Diego Zoo Live Cam page and choose three animals. Spy on each animal using the enclosure webcam. Remember, San Diego may be in a different time-zone than you, it might be night time and dark when you check the camera. You can always come back at another time to see a bit more.
  • Read the information about that animal by clicking on the ‘Learn More’ hyperlink, located below the video frame. You can also do your own research using other websites.
  • Complete the activity sheet here:  Zoo Investigator for one hour in your Passport to Learning.

Backyard Scavenger Hunt 

  • Are you stuck inside and looking for a reason to explore the treasures of your backyard?  Take a step outside and complete our Backyard Scavenger Hunt.  Complete the activity sheet here: Backyard scavenger hunt.   Take a photo of your items gathered together for one hour in your Passport to Learning.

Weather Watch 

  • Every day seem like every other at the moment? Let’s take a moment to see the differences! Over the next 12 days choose three words to describe the weather and add a different drawing each day to reflect what is going on outside. You will need to get creative as you cannot choose the same drawing or words on any two days!
  • Complete the activity here: Weather Watch for three hours in your Passport to Learning.

Museum and Art Gallery Virtual Tours 

  • The originals are out of reach for now, but you can still see world-class art – without the queues or ticket prices – with an online tour of some famous museums. We have listed some here: Virtual Art Gallery and Museum Tours for you to try, but there are plenty more online.
  • Once you have completed your tour, record your observations on the activity sheet here: Virtual Tours Worksheet for one hour in your Passport to Learning.

Nutritional Foods 

  • Nutritional Information Panels are found on all different foods, but how much do you know about them? Work your way through this booklet to find out more about the information they include and what it means for you.
  • Complete the booklet here:  Nutritional Information Panels for up to two hours in your Passport to Learning (30 mins per page).

Shakespeare’s Birthday

Did you know that April 23 is William Shakespeare’s birthday? To celebrate and learn a bit more about him, CUA has created four activities for you to complete!  Download the worksheets here:

Each completed activity is worth 30 minutes in your Passport to Learning.

At Home Activities with @University of Canterbury

Fireworks in a Glass 

  • Fireworks are a beautiful and fun part of many celebrations, but not something you want kids to make themselves, but even very young explorers can experiment with these safe underwater ‘fireworks’!
  • Complete the activity sheet here: Fireworks in a Glass Instructions for one hour in your Passport to Learning.

Rainbow in a Glass 

  • This activity uses coloured sugar solutions made at different concentrations. The solutions will form layers in a glass, from least dense on top, to most dense (concentrated) at the bottom. It’s easy and you should be able to find everything you need to do this in your kitchen.
  • Complete the activity sheet here: Rainbow in a Glass Instructions for one hour in your Passport to Learning.

A Day in the Life of Scipio and Archie

  • Life was pretty different growing up in Christchurch in 1890, but it was even more different growing up in Ancient Rome! Step back in time and relive a day in the lives of two nine-yearold boys, Scipio and Archie, as they take us through their daily routines and favourite things to do
  • Complete the activity sheet here: Day in the Life activity sheet  for one hour in your Passport to Learning.

Design your own ancient coin @ The Teece Museum

  • Ancient coins are really miniature works of art, and just like a painting, coins can tell a story. In this activity, you will have the chance to view real ancient Greek coins online with the University of Canterbury Teece Museum. Spend some time investigating the pictures and symbols on coins, and you will realise that they can be a key to unlock history.
  • Complete the activity sheet here: CUCP Online – Teece Museum Design your own ancient coin  for one hour in your Passport to Learning.

Make your own Flubber

  • In this activity you will make a non-sticky sort of ‘rubber’ or gelatinous slime known as flubber. The slime is non-toxic, safe to eat and lasts for ages. It’s great fun to play with.
  • Complete the activity here: Flubber Activity

Red Cabbage Indicator Experiment

  • In this experiment you will make juice made from red cabbage. The purple juice will change colour when you add some basic household substances.
  • Complete the activity here: Red cabbage indicator

Anzac Day Activity

With Anzac Day approaching and the cancellation of Dawn Services, our members may be wondering of ways to show their respect to our ANZACS. CUA would like members to get creative! You may like to build a model or drawn a picture of something that symbolises this important day. We then want you to display your master piece in the front window of your home for passers-by to see. Think poppy’s, rosemary springs or the rising sun badge. Take photo as evidence of your window display for 30 minutes in your Passport to Learning.

Learn about Ferrets and Create your own Ferret Shrinky Charm with Forever Ferrets Rescue SA

Ferrets are animals who have been living with humans for hundreds of years and they have done all sorts of jobs for us other than just being our quirky little pets. Learn more about these adorable animals then try the quiz and craft activity that follow.

Learn about the weasel war dance and Felicia the ferret. Find out why ferrets are so flexible and just how much they have helped us humans.

First, read about ferrets and complete the questions here: Why are Ferrets so Special

Have a go at making your own ferret shrinky charm here:Ferret Shrinky Charm and save a picture of the finished piece as evidence to your in-school CUA Coordinator.

Each activity is worth 30 minutes in your Passport to Learning.

Amazing Astronomy Lecture – Extension Activities

Did you check out the live lecture with Dr Luca? If you missed it you can watch the video here. There are four extension activities you can complete, each worth one hour in your Passport. You may choose to complete one or all four! Don’t forget to keep the solar system you created during the lecture with Dr Luca as evidence of your participation.  The lecture on it’s own is worth one hour in your Passport. Amazing Astronomy – Diagram Instructions for those whose sound played up.

  • During the lecture, you created a simple scale map of the solar system. Can you now re-create this map on a much larger area? You may wish to draw it on an A3 page, your driveway, a footpath or even vertically up a tree!
  • We learned about the Big Bang, but can we now recreate it at home? Fill a balloon with glitter or decorative stars, blow it up, then tie it off. The contents of your balloon represents all the energy bundled up immediately before the Big Bang. Burst the balloon then take a photo of the universe that you create! Do you see any clusters that may act like galaxies?
  • A Goldilocks Planet is one that scientists believe may be able to sustain life as we know it. Use your imagination to create your ideal planet, and then tell us 10 facts that make your planet unique. It could always be the perfect temperature, maybe its gravity is so weak that everyone can fly, or perhaps the oceans are made of chocolate milk?
  • One key challenge for astronauts are building spacecraft that are able to safely travel through space. Use materials around your home to create your own model spacecraft that you would like to use to visit other planets.

May the Force Be With You Lecture – Extension Activities

The May The Force Be With You lecture will be worth 30 minutes in your Passport to Learning, while each of the activities below will earn another 30 minutes. Just take evidence of the challenge to your in-school coordinator.  Watch the video here.

  • We learned about countering gravity with force, but all of our examples required us to touch the object. Blow up a balloon and throw it in the air – can you counter the force of gravity without touching the balloon? Try and keep it in the air for 30 seconds.
  • Put five objects in a box and push it along a surface to see if you can feel the friction. First, make a change to the experiment to increase the friction. Secondly, make a change to the experiment to reduce the friction. Explain your changes and why you think they had an effect.
  • As shown in the lecture, put a balloon inside a bottle and wrap the opening so that it covers the lip of the bottle. Try and blow the balloon up inside the bottle. Can you think of a way to make it easier/possible for you to inflate the balloon in the bottle?

Orana Wildlife Park

Children’s University members from around the world can now complete Orana Park Wildlife’s on-line animal observation activities and receive stamps in their passport!

Bird Song Observation – Orana Wildlife Park have many different species of native birds living in this one large aviary. Sometimes they also attract free-ranging native birds into the area! Can you tell what species are here?

Click here to access the cameras and complete the observation.  Once you have conducted your observation, complete the activity sheet here:  Bird Songs Online @ Orana Wildlife Park

Porcupine Observation – Zoo keepers, vets, scientists and many others often need to study an animals behaviour. This might be to understand them better, make their lives better or to see if they are sick.

Click here to access the cameras and complete the observation.  Once you have conducted your observation, complete the activity sheet here: Porcupines Online @Orana Wildlife Park

Illalangi Gourmet Foods

The Illalangi website has a number of delicious recipes that can be accessed here. Why not bring these recipes to life! Get your apron on, get in the kitchen and cook tonight’s dinner – you will need supervision and help from an adult. Complete the questions here: In the kitchen with Illalangi for 1 hour in your Passport to Learning.

The Army Museum of South Australia

The Army Museum of South Australia is pleased that it has become an online ‘Learning Destination’ for children participating in Children’s University Adelaide, part of Children’s University Australasia.

The museum is committed to preserving and promoting South Australia’s military heritage by recognising and valuing contributions of Australian Defence Force members in both war and peace.

Complete the activity here: AMOSA online activity for a one hour stamp in your Passport.

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin

Water Wonders – how much water is available for human use?

If you’ve looked at a globe of planet Earth, you might have noticed there is a lot of water! But why do we still suffer from drought? This experiment will show you how much water can actually be used for human use. Complete the activity for 30 minutes in your Passport to Learning. You can also complete the extension activity for an additional 1 hour in your Passport to Learning.

Download the experiment here: Water Wonders How_much_water_is_available_for_human_use – Physical activity and the extension activity here: Water Wonders How much water is available for human use – CUA extension activity 

Leaf Litter Experiment

What is Leaf Litter we hear you ask? Ever wondered what happens to the fallen autumn leaves is we don’t clean them up? This experiment will curb your curiosity. Complete this experiment for 2 hours in your Passport to Learning. Download it here: NRM Leaf Litter Experiment

The changing water levels of the Murray River

Changing or varying water levels is vital to the health of the animals and plants that call the Murray River home.

Watch the provided YouTube video and learn how water levels affect the river’s ecosystem, and the importance of wetlands and floodplains. Complete the worksheet for 1 hour in your Passport to Learning: NRM – The changing water levels of the Murray River

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

The much loved Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is South Australia’s largest performing arts organisation. If you enjoy listening to music, you’ll love their online activities. For this activity, you are going to listen to three very different pieces of music. Complete the activities that follow for a one hour stamp in your Passport! ASO online

Sophie Thomson’s Butterfly Garden and Virtual Tour

Sophie Thomson has continued to light up the screen on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia with her infectious enthusiasm for more than 14 years. She is now partnering with the Children’s University to bring us two wonderful activities.

“I believe gardening provides some of the solutions to life’s challenges” says Sophie “because it reduces stress, teaches us resilience, care of our environment and gives us great pleasure and rewards when we see what we can achieve through our endeavours”.

Try creating a butterfly garden by downloading the activity here: Butterfly Activity Or take a virtual tour of Sophie’s Patch in the beautiful Adelaide Hills here: Sophie’s Patch – Virtual Tour Activity Each activity is worth one hour in your Passport.

GooRoo Animation – At home activities

Featured on Totally Wild, GooRoo Animation run fun workshops and courses for children who’d like to learn how to create their own animations. For more information on GooRoo Animation please click HERE.

Flip Book: In this activity you will find out how to create your very own Flip Book animation. Don’t forget to keep evidence of  your Flip Book video to receive a one hour stamp in your Passport. This activity is recommended for children 7+.

Download the activity here: GooRoo Animation Online Activity – Flip Book

Animal Instincts: In this activity you will watch a GooRoo Animation called Animal Instincts and complete the quiz here: Animal Instincts activity- final. Don’t forget to keep your answers to receive a half hour stamp in your Passport!

Lauren Mullinder Illustration Design

Lauren creates amazing illustrations and graphic designs. You may even have read some of the books that she’s illustrated.

If you enjoy drawing and learning how to draw, you’ll love doing these activities.

Every week I will share a new video workshop with you to create and design Curious Creatures based on your submitted prompts! Everyone can join in, there’s no age limit or requirements. All you need is a pencil and some paper! For those who want to draw digitally, we recommend a wacom or a tablet with pen. Lets get drawing!”

Don’t forget to complete the questions here:online activity instructions  and keep your picture to show your in-school CUA Coordinator.. And if you’re lucky enough to have one of your drawings featured in Lauren’s Gallery, do let us know. We’d love to see it! Completing the activity will earn you 1 hour in your Passport.

Confucius Institute @The University of Adelaide

The Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide aims to assist the learning of Chinese language and culture, and create broader and more informed understanding of China across South Australia.

Download and complete the Chinese Yew Year Crossword: CNY crossword aiming to increase children’s understanding and awareness for this widely celebrated festival in the world. This activity is worth 30 minutes in your Passport.

Download and complete the ‘Make your own Charizard’ activity! In Western culture dragons are perceived as a scary animal. However in Chinese culture dragons (龙 lóng) are seen as legendary creatures and symbolise great power and strength. They are caring, super friendly and guard the wind, rain, rivers and precious objects. The emperors of China were believed to have descended from dragons and this is why dragons can be seen on temples, palaces and in Chinese New Year celebrations too. This activity: dragon is worth 30 minutes in your Passport.

The Bend Motorsport Park

Ready…..Steady……Go! The Bend Motorsport Park has created a fun Activity Pack! Zoom through all of the activities for 30 minutes in your Passport to Learning. Download it here:The Bend Activity Pack

Andrew Joyner Illustrator

I’m an Australian illustrator and author of children’s books. Some of my titles include Too Many Elephants in this House, written by Ursula Dubosarsky, and The Swap by Jan Ormerod. I’ve also written and illustrated the Boris chapter book series, about a winsome and adventurous warthog. If you like drawing, you’ll love Andrew’s activities! Each activity below is valid for 30 minutes in your Passport. Be sure to take your creations to your in-school CUA Coordinator who will stamp your Passport.

Animals Anonymous – Animal Education

Choose an animal from the selection of videos on the Animals Anonymous website here and complete the worksheet here: Animals Anonymous Activity Sheet Take your work to your in-school CUA Cooridnator for a stamp and one hour per worksheet. You may choose a maximum of two animals to collect two hours.

Sea Shepherd Australia – Tour of the M/V Bob Barker

Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Now you can take a virtual 360° tour of the M/V Bob Barker hosted by the awesome deckhand Zoe Edwards! Don’t forget to show the completed activity to your school coordinator for a one hour stamp. Be sure to download the worksheet here: Sea Shepherd

Please note you can hand write your answers or type them if you don’t have access to a printer at this time. Have fun!

Operation Jeedara: In 2018, Sea Shepherd visited the Great Australian Bight with a group of scientists. Watch the video to find out more about the voyage then complete the quiz for a one hour stamp in your Passport. Operation Jeedara Activity (Web)

Untrashing Djulpan: In 2018, a group of Sea Shepherd volunteers headed to the Northern Territory to help with a remote beach clean up. Watch the video to find out what they found then complete the quiz for a one hour stamp in your Passport. Untrashing Djulpan(Web)

Children’s University Australasia – Engineering Challenge

Take a look at the Engineering Challenges here: Engineering Bingo and complete as many of the challenges that you can. Each challenge is worth 30 minutes in your Passport to Learning.

Children’s University Australasia – April Holiday Challenge

Happy Holidays everyone! Download the Challenge here: CU Australasia April Holiday Challenge There are 12 activities to keep you entertained, each worth 30 minutes in your Passport. Be sure to collate your evidence for when school returns. Have fun!

Children’s University Australasia – March 2020 Online Challenge

Welcome to Musical March

Did you know that the didgeridoo is probably the world’s oldest instrument?

Your challenge this month is to design an instrument using things you find at home.

It can be any type of instrument.. CD Cymbals or shoebox shakers! Use your imagination and create some cool music. Be innovative and create a brand new instrument! And be sure to share your creations on Facebook and take some photos to present to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp and a maximum of two hours. Have some musical fun.

School Badge Challenge

School Badge Challenge encourages children to become involved in worthwhile extra-curricular activities that enhance life skills, a spirit of enquiry and awareness of the environment. The program provides a structured approach for children to work on individual challenges which they can share with family members and their peer group. A range of the challenges offered in the program have been validated as Children’s University Australasia (CUA) activities and are marked with the CUA logo. These are the only activities that can be counted and added to the passport.

CUA members are invited to download the program from the website here for free. Alternatively download it here: SchoolBadgeChallenge

Marine Discovery Centre – Puzzles you can do at home

Many scientists say they enjoy their field of work because they get to solve puzzles and answer questions in their laboratories. You may not be able to access a lab right away, but you can still complete these Marine Biology-themed puzzles.

You can print out the Puzzles from the Marine Discovery Centre website here, or just record the answers on your own record of learning (either electronic or paper).

Every puzzle you complete will earn your 30 minutes in your Passport!

Haigh’s Chocolates – downloadable activity sheet!

Download the activity sheet here: Haigh’s Downloadable Activity to learn more about Haigh’s Chocolates, the oldest family-owned chocolate maker in Australia.

Take your activity sheet to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp and one hour in your Passport.

Adam Cece Author

Author Adam Cece’s Adverb Hunt is a FREE exercise on his website, where young writers will learn how to edit and improve their writing, by hunting down “weak verbs” and adverbs in their writing, so they think about re-placing these with stronger verbs. This is an activity for keen writers, who might already be writing great stories, but are looking for some editing tips to make their stories even better. In this activity you will learn a great editing tip that I use, and it’s probably one that many of your favourite authors also use, to make my stories really zing!

Download the activity sheet here:Adam Cece Author 2020 Worksheet Complete it and take your work to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp and up to one hour.

Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Central Market Letter C Activity Sheet is here and ready for you to complete. Download and print the activity sheet here: Central Market Activity Follow the links to their website and answer the questions. Take your work to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp and one hour in your Passport.

Adelaide Gaol – Prison Life Learning Experience

It was hard to be a prisoner at Adelaide Gaol. The routine was strict. Read about a prisoner’s day and answer the following questions: Adelaide Gaol Online Activity

Take your work to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp and one hour in your Passport.

Mandy Foot Illustrator

One of my favourite quotes of all time is… ‘The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away.’ – Pablo Picasso.

I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember and I just love showing children how to draw characters using the same techniques I learnt from. These activities are broken down into a simple step by step process for you to follow, copy and create your own character. Remember, everyone can draw it’s just the style that differs. Everyone’s drawing will be unique.

To receive a stamp in your Passport, simply download and print a drawing activity available via the website here. Draw your character on a separate A4 piece of paper, add some features that make it your own ie. a red hat, a blue scarf, colour it in and take to your School Coordinator to receive a stamp for 30mins in your Passport. Remember to sign your artwork – after all, you are an artist. For an extra 30mins there is a short character writing exercise. Details also on the website. More drawing activities will be added throughout the year.

Students who enjoy this activity may develop an interest in creative writing, illustration or media and choose to pursue further study in one of these fields at a tertiary level.

Adelaide Zoo – Zoo Online

Endangered Australian animals at Adelaide Zoo can now be observed on-line! Funded through a collaborative project between the University of Tasmania, University of Wollongong and the University of Adelaide, it was developed as an activity for Children’s University Australasia students in regional/remote areas. Children’s University students around the world can now complete an on-line animal observation activity and receive stamps in their Passport!

To receive your stamp, take your completed ethogram to your in-school CUA Coordinator to earn 20 minutes in your passport per ethogram. To access this exciting initiative click here and follow the instructions provided.

Check out the Children’s University Australia validated activities at Zoos SA here.

Adelaide Farmers’ Market – Cooking Activity

The Adelaide Farmers’ Market have a long list of delicious recipes that you can try at home with a parent and or carer and the best part you can now receive a stamp and time in your Passport for your efforts. Be sure to download the cooking activity sheet here online recipe activity and follow the instructions. Take your work to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp. Time added is at the discretion of your school. We would love to see what you choose to recreate at home so be sure to post to our Facebook page.

Toonworld

Welcome to Toonworld’s FREE online activities. Complete the activity sheet here: Toonworld activity sheet and take your work to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp and one hour in your Passport.

Clifford’s Honey Farm

Clifford’s Honey Farm is one of many honey producers on Kangaroo Island. Dave and Jenny Clifford have been bee keepers since 1973 with the Honey Farm Shop Established in 1993. The Honey Farm aims to provide visitors with quality honey, select regional produce and to provide information on the unique Ligurian bee found only on Kangaroo Island. Now you no longer need to be on Kangaroo Island to complete the activity, you can complete it from home! Download and complete the activity sheet here: Clifford’s Honey Bee Activity v2 take your work to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp and one hour.

‘Mothing Around’ in your backyard

Download the activity sheet here: Mothing Around Worksheet and follow the instructions. Once you have completed that, answer the questions worksheet here: Mothing Around Questions

Be sure to present your work to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp and two hours in your Passport.

Build a Hoverfly Lagoon

Be sure to read the information in this document Build a Hoverfly Lagoon and construct your experiement. Answer the questions below and once completed take your work to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp and three hours in your Passport.

Hoverfly Lagoon Questions

Each week for six weeks answer the following questions and take a photo:

What did you observe? Count the following:
• Egg clusters
• Larvae
• Pupae
• Empty pupae cases
• Adults hatching

Murray–Darling Basin Authority

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority has online resources for students of the Children’s University Australasia to discover the Murray–Darling Basin – Australia’s biggest river system and the main food bowl of Australia!

The online activities will help you find out who lives in the Basin, what’s grown here and some of the environmental issues facing the Basin and it’s communities. Many people, plants and animals live in in rely on the Murray–Darling Basin, keeping it healthy is important for all Australians.

Worksheets and experiments are available on the MDBA Education Resources page here. The activities help you find out about the Murray–Darling Basin, what’s in it, why it’s important and what issues are facing the Basin.

The validated activities are listed below along with the time that can be included in your Passport. Take your completed work to your in-school CUA Coordinator who will stamp and fill out your Passport for you.

  • Word Scramble (30 mins) please download by clicking here
  • Missing Letters (30 mins) please download by clicking here.
  • Basin Geography Pre-Test (30 mins) please download by clicking here.
  • Water Cycle Worksheet (30 mins) please download by clicking here.
  • Water Cycle Experiment (1 hour) please download by clicking here.
  • Water Volume Worksheet (30 mins) please download by clicking here.
  • Salinity Experiment (30 mins) please download by clicking here.
  • Basin Sticker Mapping Activity (1 hour) please click here to order your free stickers and here to download the worksheet.

Activities are suitable for ages 8 – 18 years old.

An interest in these activities could lead to further study at a tertiary level in Environmental Science, Geography or Animal Science.

Mike Lucas Poetry

Welcome to Mike Lucas’s Monthly Poetry Challenge!!! This challenge will involve some form of creative writing in the genre of poetry. Mike may ask you to write a poem on a particular subject, or in a certain form, or to include a particular tool of poetry. All the information needed to write your poem will be on his website. When you have finished your poem, email it to Mike and he will reply with some feedback.

To receive a stamp in your passport, you will need to complete the monthly challenge which is available via the website here. Simply take your email and feedback from Mike to your School Coordinator to receive a stamp for 30mins in your passport. The important thing to remember is that every poem is different and what you write, as long as you follow the set rule, will always be right.

Students who enjoy this activity may develop an interest in creative writing, journalism or media and choose to pursue further study in one of these fields at a tertiary level.

The anticipated age range for the students is 7-12

For more information click here.

Alys Jackson Writer

What are your goals? My goals are to connect with people through my writing and to pass on the useful tips and knowledge I gain along the way. It is also wonderful to know that people enjoy what I write and get pleasure from something that means a lot to me.

If you are a writer or thinking of writing, I have a blog, pages for children with poems and short stories and illustrations to give younger readers ideas. You can view all of these resources by clicking here.

To receive a stamp in your passport please read one or more of the poems or short stories and leave a comment via the provided text box (bottom of the story/poem). Then provide evidence of the conversation to your in School CUA Coordinator who will then issue a stamp in your Passport for 30 minutes.

Students who enjoy this particular activity may be interested in studying creative writing, journalism or media. Just some ideas to get you started.

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

The Jane Goodall Institute promotes understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat and builds on the legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall, our founder, to inspire individual action by young people of all ages to help animals, other people and to protect the world we all share.

Our Roots & Shoots Program empowers young Australians and equips them with the tools, motivation and support they need to address the problems that matter most to them. We create an ever expanding network of Australians, connected with their global counterparts, who are inspired to be change-making global citizens.

You can work individually or form a club to complete the following validated activities:

Chimp Champions – All you have to do is raise at least $50 and we will present your school with your very own Junior Chimp Champion certificate, along with Anzac’s story. Please contact us at [email protected] with your contact details and funds raised and we will organise your certificate or even a visit to your school! Show your certificate to your in-school CUA Coordinator to receive a stamp in your Passport for two hours. For further details click here.

Habitat Protection – Campaign for Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) labelling! Write to manufacturers asking them to explicitly label palm oil and use CSPO. Show a copy of your emailed letter to your in-school CUA Coordinator to receive a stamp in your Passport for one hour. For further details access the link here.

Design Your Own – Roots & Shoots is an adaptable and ever-changing program. Most importantly, it’s your program! You can use community mapping to identify areas in your community that could use some help and use that as inspiration to start your own project. Show your community mapping and any other evidence of learning to your in-school CUA Coordinator to receive a stamp in your Passport for a maximum of five hours. For further information click here.

Mobile Phone Recycling – Schools only. For further information on Mobile Phone Recycling click here.

Kristin’s Poems for Kids

My name is Kristin Martin and I’m a poet from South Australia. On my website you can find some of my favourite poems. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. Some of these poems are funny. Some are silly. And some are about the beautiful things in life. Let me know which ones you like.

To receive a stamp in your passport, you will need to read some of the poems on the website, then choose one of the poems and leave a detailed comment in the box below. Your comment and my reply will be posted on the website within a few days. You will then to provide evidence of our conversation to your in-school CUA Coordinator, who will issue a stamp for 30 minutes for the poem conversation.

Students who enjoy this activity may develop an interest in creative writing, journalism or media and choose to pursue further study in one of these fields at a tertiary level.

The poems are suitable for students aged 6 to 12.

For more information click here.

On the Job

“On the Job” is an online curriculum concept, blending online and offline activities into an understanding of employment and the modern workplace.

Here you can find out real people’s experiences on working “On the Job”. Sometimes it might be different to what you think!

Suitable for ages 10 – 14 years old.

To access “On the Job” please click here.

Provide evidence of completing an online activity, for example, photographs, written report or video recording to your in school CUA Coordinator to receive a stamp in your passport. Time allocated is at the discretion of the in school CUA Coordinator.

Story Box Library

Did you know that 85% of what we learn we learn by listening? Do you love hearing stories be performed? Take a sneak peak into Story Box Library and listen to your favourite or new stories come alive…

Think of Story Box Library as an on-line ‘reading room’. It’s a place where the wonderful world of Australian Children’s Literature is on permanent exhibit. Story Box Library is committed to supporting and encouraging the practice of storytelling – they want your imaginations to soar.

Story Box Library creates through videos an interactive experience inviting storytellers to read stories. These may be people you recognise… sports people, musicians, comedians, actors, all with varying accents and from different cultures.

Story Box Library is a live streaming service, which means once logged in, you have instant access to our content without having to download files. You will require a internet connection to access our library. There are also different membership levels available for purchase and some stories for free. Check out the pricing options here.

Stories have been broken down into the following categories:

  • Pre-School (3 – 5 years)
  • Lower Primary (5-7 years)
  • Middle Primary (8-10 years)
  • Upper Primary (10 – 12 years)

Want to get a sneak preview for what Story Box Library is like, then click here. There are always new and interesting opportunities taking place at the Story Box Library – Check it out here.

After listening to a book you can provide evidence of learning to your in-school Children’s University Australia Coordinator by filling out the Book Review Template here: Book Review Please note that a maximum of 10 hours applies for this activity per membership period.

The Coral Garden – Dr Tullio Rossi

Tullio Rossi completed his PhD in Climate Science at the University of Adelaide in 2016. During his studies he also worked as a Graphic Designer. Tullio has now combined his scientific and design backgrounds to produce scientific videos focused on marine biology and preservation of the planet’s resources.

Students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of selected videos by completing the corresponding activity sheets. Please note the appropriate YouTube links are found on the activity sheets below.

Mysterious Underwater Sounds Explained-Worksheet (NEW 2018)

Lost at Sea – Worksheet

The Coral Garden – The Story of Frank the Coral- Worksheet

Poop for Climate

Completed worksheets are to be taken to your in school CUA Coordinator and they will issue 30 minutes and a stamp in your passport.

To check out all of Dr Tullio Rossi’s work please visit The Coral Garden YouTube page by clicking here.

Welcome to Australia – Walk Together Online Activity

Welcome to Australia is committed to creating a more welcoming and inclusive Australia. The Walk Together Online Activity Sheet here – Walk Together Online Activity Sheet will help you understand a bit more about the walks that occur with Welcome to Australia. The online activity sheet allows you to find out more about our Walk, by looking at short films of previous walks, who was there, what they did, and what they said. Take your completed activity sheet to your in school CUA Coordinator to receive a stamp for two hours in your passport.

ONLINE CHALLENGE ARCHIVE:

Children’s University Australasia – February 2020 Online Challenge

The radio has been one of the most important inventions in human history, changing the way we communicate and shaping entertainment all over the world. The importance of the radio is celebrated on February 13th each day – officially known as World Radio Day. To join in the celebrations, we would like to learn if there are any budding radio hosts throughout the CU Australasia community!

Your challenge for this month is to produce and record your own, two-minute radio segment. It could be a news or weather report, a song, an interview or even a funny anecdote – so long as it’s your own voice making up the airwave. You can record your segment on a smartphone or computer, or even write your script, then take it to your CUA in-school coordinator to have up to two hours added to your Passport.

Children’s University Australasia – Holiday Challenge

Who’s up for a holiday challenge? Download the 2019 CUA Australasia worksheet and complete as many tasks as you like. When school returns take your work to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp and 30 minutes per activity.

CUA 2019 Holiday Challenge

Children’s University Australasia – January 2020 Online Challenge

Welcome to the new year!

Did you know that cake decorating started in Europe in the 1600s?

Your challenge this month is to design and decorate a cake.

It can be any shape or style you choose. Think about your favourite book, hobby, movie or character. The options are endless. Just be sure to have an adult with you to help with the cooking component. And be sure to share your designs below and take some photos to present to your in-school CUA Coordinator once school returns for a stamp and a maximum of two hours.

Children’s University Australasia – December 2019 Online Challenge

December is the time for decorating, gift giving and celebrating. This month we encourage to make something using the below Salt Dough Recipe – make ornaments to decorate your house or room, or why not make jewellery as a gift for someone, use your imagination!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 1 cup of salt
  • Cookie cutters
  • Decorations – Paints, beads, string, ribbon, glitter whatever you can think of!

Method:

  1. Mix flour and salt together in a bowl. Slowly mix water, a few tablespoons at a time, into flour mixture until dough is smooth and easy to handle. Knead dough for 10 minutes and let rest for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 120 degrees C
  3. Roll dough out on a floured surface and use cookie cutters to make your creations. Don’t forget to put a hole in the top for your string!
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until dry and hard, about 2 hours. Allow to cool completely before painting

Don’t forget to take photos of your creations and send it in to us to share! Be sure to take evidence to your in-school CUA Coordinator to receive your stamp for a maximum of two hours.

Children’s University Australasia – November 2019 Online Challenge

Have you heard of the “Red handfish”?

Scientists believe there are fewer than 100 adult Red handfish left on the planet, and the only place they are known to live is near Hobart, Tasmania.

Your challenge for this month is to do a project on an endangered animal of your choice. This can be a native Australian animal or an animal from another part of the world. You might choose the Northern Quoll, the Orangutan, the Blue Whale or any other animal that you know to be endangered.

Find out as many facts as you can about this animal:

  • Where do they live?
  • What do they eat?
  • How many are left in the wild?
  • Why are they endangered?

Zoo websites are a great place to find information.

Present your findings in a creative way. For example, you could draw a picture of the animal on paper, cut it out and write your facts on the back.

Once you’ve completed the Endangered Animal Challenge, don’t forget to take a photo and post it to our Facebook Page as we love seeing your amazing creations! Be sure to take evidence to your in-school CUA Coordinator to receive your stamp for a maximum of two hours.

Children’s University Australasia – October 2019 Online Challenge

National Bird Week takes place in October 2019

October is traditionally the time when birds become active and we are more likely to see them in and around our gardens. This month we would like you to make a bird feeder out of recycled materials you have at home to encourage birds into your back garden.

Once you’ve completed the Bird feeder Challenge, don’t forget to take a photo and post it to our Facebook Page as we love seeing your amazing creations! Be sure to take evidence to your in-school CUA Coordinator to receive your stamp for a maximum of two hours.

Children’s University Australasia – Spring 2019 Booklet

Spring has sprung and so has the 2019 Spring Challenge! Download below and complete as many activities as you like. Take your final work to your in-school CUA Coordinator after the holidays for a stamp and 30 minutes per completed activity in your Passport. What a great way to collect any additional hours towards this year’s graduation.

CUA – Spring Challenge 2019

Children’s University Australasia – September 2019 Online Challenge

Spring is here and it’s a great time to get outside and learn more about the world around you. Your challenge for this month is to create a collage of natural objects – one from each letter of the alphabet. You might find a Leaf, a Rock or a Stem – challenge yourself to tick off as many letters as possible! However, you must do this without damaging your local environment, so be sure to only collect things that are on the ground or not attached to other vegetation. Once you’ve collected your items, you can create a collage and share your image on our page. Good luck!

Don’t forget to take your work to your Coordinator for a stamp in your Passport for up to two hours.

Children’s University Australasia – August 2019 Online Challenge

What can you come up with for this graphic design challenge?
The design brief: Your town/ suburb/ City wants to design a new Welcome boundary sign for visitors. This sign is to feature five unique aspects of your community represented on it.
You have a budget for a garden at the base and we would like the sign to be complemented by a garden full of plants that represent your area. Each design has to have a description and reasoning behind its elements. Please use the following headings:
  • Shape/ overall design idea
  • Construction materials
  • Colours
  • Plants
  • Five unique symbols description/ reasoning
Please take your design to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp in your Passport for up to two hours. We would also love you to share on Facebook so we can see all your designs.

Children’s University Australasia – Book Week Challenge

My Reading Superhero

Students  are asked to create a ‘Thank You Card’ for your reading superhero! That is, the person that inspires you to read! It could be your teacher, parent, favourite author or even the fictional character who’s stories keep you entertained for hours.

Send us a photo of your creation or, better yet, your superhero with their card!

You will receive one hour in your Passport for this activity. Please take your work to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp in your Passport.

Children’s University Australasia – National Science Week Challenge

In 1977, the Voyager Spacecraft set off into outer space carrying the Voyager Golden Records. These records contain sounds and images selected to portal life on earth to an intelligent extra-terrestrial life form. Like a time capsule, but for our planet. Your challenge for National Science Week is to create your own version of a time capsule that you would like to send out to space, to tell an extra-terrestrial about life on Earth!

Be sure to take your work to your CUA Coordinator for a stamp in your Passport for up to one hour.

Children’s University Australasia- Winter Challenge Activities

Winter holidays can be cold, rainy and spent indoors – don’t worry we have heaps of COOL activities for you to enjoy in the Winter Challenge Activities Booklet.

You can download and print the booklet at home. Winter Challenge Activities can be downloaded here: Winter Challenge 2019

Complete as many activities as you can from the booklet, then return it to your school’s CUA Coordinator (after the holidays) to earn 30 minutes for each activity in your Passport!

Enjoy! Keep warm! 🙂

Children’s University Australasia – July 2019 Online Challenge

The Dry Season is well and truly underway in the Top End of Australia. The weather is a lot cooler and the clouds clear up to make way for clear blue skies.

Even if you don’t live in the Top End of Australia, why not go exploring and find as many blue things as you can. Then have a go at:

  • Drawing or creating a collage of the items you find
  • Creating a 30 second video about them
  • Writing a descriptive paragraph about your findings
  • Researching three facts about the items you find

Take your work to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp in your Passport for a maximum of two hours.

Children’s University Australasia – June 2019 Online Challenge

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades (or Subaru in Japan). It rises in mid-winter and for many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. Cultures around the world celebrate New Year at different times and in different ways. This monthly challenge asks you to research some of the different ways cultures celebrate New Year and complete the following activities:

  • Create a collage showing what New Year looks like in other cultures. This might include things like special food, games, costumes. You can use any materials you like including photos, pictures from a magazine, fabric, art supplies or you can draw or paint the images.
  • Imagine you were going to create a new way to celebrate the New Year in your family. What would it look like? What sort of food would you serve? Would there be any games or special costumes? Tell us about it via through writing, drawing, photography or video.

Here is a list of a few different New Year’s celebrations around the world:

  • Matariki – start of the Māori New Year
  • Makahiki – Hawaiian New Year Festival
  • Lunar New Year – Chinese New Year
  • Nowruz – Iranian New Year
  • Raʼs as-Sanah al-Hijrīyah – Islamic New Year

Be sure to take your work to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp in your Passport. Time added is at the discretion of the in-school CUA Coordinator. As always we love to see what you come up with so please share with us on Facebook.

Children’s University Australasia – May 2019 Online Challenge

Learn about your country’s shared histories, cultures, and achievements. Choose one of the following activities and refine your research skills.

  • Find out about a significant event or historical moment in Australian Aboriginal, Māori, Pasifika or Torres Strait Islander history. Use your imagination to express your understanding and feelings in relation to this event – you can express these in any way you choose e.g. song, artwork, dance etc.
  • Learn about an Indigenous person who you find interesting or inspirational. Collect some information to help you better understand their life. Once you have enough information, create a way to share your learning of this person with others. You can use video, art/craft, writing or anything which will enable you to share your learning!

Stamping of Passports for this challenge is at the discretion of your in-school CUA coordinator. If you wish to share with us about what you discovered, we’d love to hear about it on our Facebook page.

Children’s University Australasia – April 2019 Online Challenge

Did you know that America has a National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day which is celebrated on April 2 to honour its role in making the best American breakfast and lunch sandwiches? What do you think your national sandwich should be? Design your sandwich, which must have more than one filling and show your design to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp in your Passport. Why not make your sandwich and take it to school for lunch, write up a recipe card or make an advert to sell your yummy idea? Time added is at the discretion of the in-school CUA Coordinator. We would love to see what you come up with, so please share with us on Facebook.

Children’s University Australasia – 2019 Autumn Challenge

The April Holidays are almost here and we have some additional challenges on offer that you can complete from the comfort of your own home.

You can download and print the booklet at home: CUA Autumn Challenge 2019

Complete as many activities as you like from the booklet, then return it to your in-school CUA Coordinator (after the holidays) to earn 30 minutes for each activity in your Passport!

Children’s University Australasia – Earth Hour 2019 Challenge

What will you do during Earth Hour on March 30 when the lights go out?

You could:

  • Go outside and look at the night sky. Research some of the things you can see.
  • Create a shadow puppet show and use a torch to entertain your family!
  • Write a scary story and tell it in the dark.
  • Create your own activity and tell us all about it.

Take some evidence of your activity to your in-school CUA coordinator to receive a stamp in your Passport for up to two hours. For further details on how you can get involved in Earth Hour visit the website here.

Children’s University Australasia – March 2019 Online Challenge

February was so yesterday… March is here and a new month means a new challenge! This month we would like to see you create newspaper Shoes using only newspaper and glue, create a pair of shoes which fit your foot.  Create a video of you walking in them, or perhaps you could create step-by-step instructions (pardon the pun) for a friend or family member to create their own. Be sure to show your new shoes to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp in your Passport for up to two hours of learning. At CUA we love to see what you create so don’t forget to share with us on Facebook.

Children’s University Australasia – February 2019 Online Challenge

Term 1 has begun and for many of our members it means school uniforms are back! We know that we have some creative students involved in CUA and we want to see if they can create some new uniforms for all the schools involved. You can choose to draw your design or even create a wearable version! Show your fantastic new idea to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp in your passport. Time added is at the discretion of the in-school CUA Coordinator. We would love to see what you come up with, so please share with us on Facebook.

Children’s University Australasia – January 2019 Online Challenge

Who’s ever made a New Year’s resolution, and then forgotten about it a few weeks later? Here at CUA we want to encourage our members to set themselves some unique goals for 2019, and to keep them somewhere safe so we can check your progress at graduations! Follow the YouTube clip here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-XcyV9rwwY to create your own ‘CUA Goals’ book, and in there we want you to list three aims for 2019. They could include a Public Learning Destination you would like to visit that you haven’t been to before, your graduation hours goal for 2019 and a school holiday activity that you would like to take part in, or come up with your own. Once you’ve made your booklet, you can decorate the front and back and any spare pages before showing it to your in-school CUA Coordinator who will stamp your passport. Time awarded is at the discretion of the in-school CUA Coordinator.

Most importantly, keep it somewhere safe! We would like you to bring it along to your graduation at the end of the year so we can share in your success!

Children’s University Australasia – 2018 Summer Challenge

Schools out for summer… almost!

Are you looking to accrue hours across the break? Look no further than the 2018 Summer Challenge. Offering a variety of activities from poetry, summer games and kitchen fun there’s sure to be something there to keep you entertained. Download it today and check it out: Summer Challenge 2018 Don’t forget to take evidence to your in school CUA Coordinator when school return in 2019 for a stamp in your passport. As always we would love to see what you get up to on our Facebook page.

Children’s University Australia – December 2018 Online Challenge

Hello again green thumbs, who has a plant still going from the January challenge? Did it flower or were you able to harvest any fruit or vegetables?

In January we asked you to grow your own plant and your challenge this month is to tell us your number one gardening tip, and what you may do differently next time. You could draw, include photographs OR perhaps you may like to start again and grow more.

Those of you who did not participate in January you can start a fresh. Your challenge for this month is to become a green thumb and grow your own plant from seeds or a seedling. Complete the Bunnings Warehouse Watch Me Grow Guide here Watch Me Grow Guide and track your plants progress across the month.

Don’t forget to take evidence of your work to your in school CUA Coordinator for a stamp in your passport either this year or when school returns in 2019. Time awarded is at the discretion of the in school CUA Coordinator. As always we would love you to share your green thumb photos on our Facebook page.

Children’s University Australia – November 2018 Online Challenge

Pets can be fantastic companions – but they are a lot of work! You need to feed them, exercise them, train them and clean up behind them! Wouldn’t it be great to have a pet that didn’t require any of that? Well, with this months challenge you can because we are asking you to create your own pet rock! Find a suitable rock (of any size), colour and/or decorate, give it a name and then post a photo on Facebook to show us your new pet! Make sure you take evidence of your work to your in school CUA Coordinator to receive a stamp and time in your passport. Time allocated is at the discretion of the CUA Coordinator.

Children’s University Tasmania – November 2018 Online Challenge

This month Australia remembers the centenary (100 years) of the armistice that ended the First World War. Australian’s remember this day, like we remember ANZAC Day, and its called Remembrance Day. Participate in the November Monthly Challenge and learn about Remembrance Day and Australia’s history.

Take the booklet to your in school CUA Coordinator for a stamp and one hour in your passport.

Children’s University Australia – October 2018 Online Challenge

Mazes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be so big that you can walk through them, or small enough to fit in a pen!

Your challenge for this month is to use materials from around the house to create your own maze. You might wish to use LEGO, straws, cardboard or even twigs as your boundaries, but you must make sure it is solvable.

Once it is completed, send us a photo of your maze from above so other members of our community are able to challenge themselves by trying to solve it!

Don’t forget to show your in school CUA Coordinator your work so they can stamp your passport. Time allocated is at the discretion of your in school CUA Coordinator.

We can’t wait to see your a-MAZE-ing creations 🙂 Remember our Pinterest boards have lots of great ideas to help you create your maze – search for Children’s University Australia.

Children’s University Australia – 2018 Spring Challenge

Spring has sprung and so has the 2018 Spring Challenge!

You can download and print the booklet at home. You can find the Spring Booklet here: CUA – Spring Challenge 2018

Complete as many activities as you like from the booklet, then return it to your in school CUA Coordinator (after the holidays) to earn 30 minutes for each activity in your Passport!

Children’s University Australia – September 2018 Online Challenge

Everyone loves to eat, and everyone has a meal that they love more than any other. How many of us know how to cook, though? Your challenge for this month is to prepare your favourite recipe and share it with us. When you share, make sure you tell us why you love this meal so much and include a photo of the finished product, or even some video footage! Remember to get help from an adult if you’re using dangerous utensils or equipment in the kitchen. Be sure to take evidence to your in school CUA Coordinator for a stamp in your passport. Time allocated is at the discretion of the in school CUA Coordinator. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Children’s University Tasmania – September Online Challenge

September – SNAP, STORY MADE AND TOLD!

 Looking through a camera lens and what do you see!   Get your creative mind into gear and into story writing mode using only photos!

What do you need:

You will need a camera, or a phone. If you don’t have a camera or phone, you can use some old magazines or newspapers (great recycling!) or use family photos (get permission!).  Pen, paper, glue, colouring pencils.

What do you need to do:

Take 10 photos or cut 10 photos that interest you from the magazines/newspapers you have collected.

(They can be any photo that you like – of the environment, animals, people, houses….the choice is yours)Arrange your photos in front of you on a table.

Think about your photos and start to think about a story the photos could tell:

  • Who is in the story – how many characters?
  • What has happened – is it something fun?
  • Where did the story take place – somewhere that you like being?
  • When did the story take place?

Glue your photos onto your paper and write your story.  You can decorate your story as well to bring it to life!

Share your story with your CU School Coordinator to receive one hour in your Passport to Learning!  We would love to read your story as well!  Share with us on Children’s University Australia Facebook page or email us at [email protected]

CUA – BOOK WEEK CHALLENGE

Get some extra treasure out of Book Week by completing the CUA Book Week Activity. Download and complete the activity here: Book Week Activity

There’s one hour up for grabs!

 Children’s University Australia – August 2018 Online Challenge

AUGUST – GAME CHANGERS OR CHANGE MAKERS?

Are you a game changer or a change maker? Do you like to invent, create and imagine new possibilities?  To coincide with National Science Week – Your challenge for the month of August is to be a game changer or a change maker. Use your imagination and ingenuity to come up with something that demonstrates CHANGES – you could create a video of you conducting a science experiment to show changes from solids to liquids, or designing and creating a new board game or changing an old game into something new. If you’re looking for some awesome ideas, take a look at our CUA Boards on Pinterest.

When you have completed your game changer or change maker learning, take evidence such as videos, photos, drawings/diagrams, procedures (etc) to your CUA in-school Coordinator for time in your Passport. Time allocated will be at the discretion of the coordinator.

During August you will also have the opportunity to add 2 additional hours of AWESOME learning to your Passport by enjoying some hands-on science experiments.

Using the websites listed below, conduct any or all of the experiments, taking some photos or videos as evidence of your learning. Once you have completed your learning take evidence to your CUA in-school coordinator for 2 hours in your Passport.

Try some of these cool experiments: http://www.teacherstryscience.org/kids-experiments

Make string stand on its end https://blog.doublehelix.csiro.au/string-tower-activity/

Mapping the moon https://blog.doublehelix.csiro.au/mapping-the-moon/

Lava fizz https://blog.doublehelix.csiro.au/lava-fizz-2/

Potpourri preservation https://blog.doublehelix.csiro.au/potpourri-preservation/

Twisted snowflake https://blog.doublehelix.csiro.au/twisted-snowflake/

More hands-on activities here https://blog.doublehelix.csiro.au/category/hands-on/

Don’t forget we love seeing photos of your learning – share them with us on our CUA Facebook Page (public or private). Have fun!

Children’s University Tasmania – August Online Challenge

August – Around the Globe

Australia recently competed in the World Cup 2018, a soccer tournament for countries all around the world! This huge sports event is more than just soccer – it’s also a chance for people across the globe to get to know more about each other, to learn about people, countries and cultures in different parts of the world.

The 32 countries who participated in the World Cup 2018 were:

Russia – Saudi Arabia – Egypt – Uruguay – Portugal – Spain – Morocco – Iran – France – Peru – Denmark – Argentina – Iceland – Croatia – Nigeria – Brazil – Switzerland – Costa Rica – Serbia – Germany – Mexico – Sweden – South Korea – Belgium – Panama – Tunisia – England – Poland – Senegal – Colombia – Japan – Australia

Pick one of these countries (not Australia) and answer the following questions;

  • On which continent is this country located?
  • Name two (2) of its neighbouring countries.
  • Name a language commonly spoken in this country.
  • What type of currency (money) is used in this country?

Now, choose any country from around the world and create a drawing or painting that relates to the country – it can be anything about the country and/or its people. Here are a few ideas;

  • Environment
  • History
  • Arts
  • Culture
  • Economy

Why did you choose this particular country to learn about? Was there anything you found especially interesting about this country? If so, what?

Present your drawing/painting to your School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of your School Coordinator.

Don’t forget we love seeing photos of your learning – share them with us on our CUA Facebook Page (public or private). Have fun!

Children’s University Tasmania – July Online Challenge

July – BECAUSE OF HER, WE CAN! – ART/CRAFT STORY

NAIDOC Week – 8-15 July 2018

Background Information

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC 2018 Theme: “Because of Her, We Can!”

Under the theme – Because of Her, We Can! – NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July. As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.

Challenge – Art/Craft Story

Find out about an inspiring Aboriginal woman (or group of women) who made or is making a positive difference in people’s lives. Gather some information that will help you understand a bit about her/their story, such as;

  • Name, Birthplace, Interests, Achievements, How she/they made a positive difference in people’s lives, Any other information about her/their story

Create an art or craft work which celebrates a story of an Aboriginal woman (or group of women) in relation to the 2018 NAIDOC theme “Because of Her, We Can!”

Be creative – you can make a poster, papier-mâché, scrapbook, handicraft or anything else with materials you have at home!

Show your creation to your School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of your School Coordinator.

Check out the NAIDOC website to read more NAIDOC Week

Thanks again to the team at CU Tasmania who are kindly sharing their monthly challenges for all CUA members in all states to complete.

Children’s University Australia – Winter Challenge Activities

Winter holidays can be cold, rainy and spent indoors – don’t worry we have heaps of COOL activities for you to enjoy in the Winter Challenge Activities Booklet.

You can download and print the booklet at home. Winter Challenge Activities can be downloaded here: Winter Challenge 2018

Complete as many activities as you can from the booklet, then return it to your school’s CUA Coordinator (after the holidays) to earn 30 minutes for each activity in your Passport!

Enjoy! Keep warm! 🙂

Children’s University Australia – July 2018 Online Challenge

July Challenge – Create a new FIFA 2018 World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is the biggest sporting event on the planet, capturing the hearts and minds of soccer fans from across the globe. Every four years, 32 nations compete to lift the famous trophy, which has only ever been won by eight countries! After the original was stolen and melted down by thieves, the current trophy was created in 1970. Here at CUA, we think it’s a bit dated and needs a revamp…

Your challenge for the month of July is to design a brand new trophy for winners of the World Cup! You may choose to either draw or build the trophy using any sort of materials you wish. There is no limit on size or shape – it can be whatever you want it to be!

Once you have created your trophy, take a photo to show off your good work and post it on our Facebook page. You must also take a photo to your in-school CUA coordinator to receive a stamp in your Passport, time allocated will be at the discretion of the coordinator.

Remember our Pinterest page has lots of great ideas that will help you to create your version of the World Cup trophy.

Children’s University Tasmania – June Online Challenge

June – SONGS

Do you have a favourite song? Have you ever sung this song before? What is it about this song that you especially like? Who else have you seen or heard singing this song?

This month’s challenge is all about song – to create a song about something you like or want to sing about. It could be about your favourite hobby, a memory, someone you know – anything you like!

Think about what sort of tune or style of music would suit the song you want to create. Think about your favourite song – how does the type of music affect the meaning of the song and how you feel when you listen to the song?

It doesn’t have to be a long song and you don’t have to write down the words, but it does have to be original – it must be your own creation about something meaningful to you.

Afterwards, take a moment to think about what you enjoyed most about making a song. How did you feel as you created it? Would it be something you might do again in the future? Why?

Present your song or sing it to your School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of the School Coordinator.

Thanks again to the team at CU Tasmania who are kindly sharing their monthly challenges for all CUA members in all states to complete.

Children’s University Australia – June 2018 Online Challenge

June Challenge – Recycle/Upcycle Something Plastic Into Something New!

To coincide with World Environment Day – Your challenge for the month of June is to re-purpose any plastic household items into something completely new! You might create a pencil pot, a wind chime, a bird feeder, a herb planter, or an outdoor sprinkler…..your options are endless! Use your imagination to come up with something useful and creative.

Remember we always love seeing you show off your amazing work on our CUA Facebook Page! Also, check out our CUA Pinterest page for lots of awesome recycling/upcycyling ideas and step-by-step guides.

Take your creation or evidence such as photos to your in-school CUA coordinator – time allocated for the challenge will be at the discretion of the coordinator.

Go beat plastic pollution!

World Environment Day is June 5th, and the 2018 theme is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. You can visit the World Environment Day Website for more information.

Children’s University Tasmania – May Online Challenge

May – Make Your Own Robo Wheel

Have you ever spun a “Top”?  A top is a flywheel, a spinning disc that stores energy. Once a flywheel gets going, the stored energy keeps the spin going for a long time. The Robo Wheel is a flywheel.  Like a top or a tire rolling down a hill, once it gets rolling, it keeps going until a force interferes with its spin.  Your challenge this month is to create your own Robo Wheel!

Download your Robo Wheel Instructions here: Tas Monthly Challenge May – Robo Wheel

After you have shared your Robo Wheel with your School Coordinator for 2 hours in your Passport, take a photo and it share with us on the Children’s University Facebook page!

Thanks again to the team at CU Tasmania who are kindly sharing their monthly challenges for all CUA members in all states to complete.

Children’s University Australia – May 2018 Online Challenge

May – Paper Challenge

May Online Challenge – Have you ever stopped to think about how long a piece of newspaper is? Or, better yet, how long it could be?

Your challenge for this month is to take ONE double page of a newspaper and carefully tear it into one loooooooooooooooong single piece! No scissors, no sticky tape – you are only allowed to use are your hands to tear and a ruler to measure it once you are finished.

Post a photo of your paper creation on Facebook (Public Or Private) and let us know how far you made it stretch! You can then take your creation (or just a photo) to your in-school CUA coordinator as evidence. Time allocated for the Paper Challenge will be at the discretion of the coordinator.

Good luck!

You can also ask an adult to go to our CUA Pinterest page for lots of other learning activities relating to paper.  🙂

Children’s University Tasmania – April Online Challenge

The team at CU Tasmania are kindly sharing their monthly challenges for CUA members in all states to complete.

April – Commonwealth Games

Have you been watching the Commonwealth Games? Answer these questions in writing or with drawings:

  • What has been your favourite sport to watch? Why?
  • Find out about a Commonwealth country you have never heard of before the Games.:
    What sport/s are they competing in? How many athletes in their team? What does their flag look like?

Send your support: Let the Australian athletes know that you are cheering for them.

  • Write a letter or draw a picture. Don’t forget to write your name, age and school
  • Your letter/drawing can be to a specific athlete or to the whole team

Show your work and letter to your School Coordinator to receive 2 hours of learning in your Passport.

Children’s University Australia – April 2018 Online Challenge

April – CREATE A CAMOUFLAGE OUTFIT

April Online Challenge – Camouflage occurs when objects are disguised so they cannot be seen easily. In their natural environment, animals have developed colours that enable them to blend into their environment, for example, a tiger’s stripes. This is mostly so they cannot be seen by other animals that might prey on and eat them. Humans also utilise camouflage to their advantage. For example, our ANZACs wear uniforms designed to help them blend in to their surroundings so that they cannot be spotted by the enemy.

Your challenge for this month is to choose an environment from around the world (it could be snow, a desert, the rainforest, your school, a city, your backyard etc) and then design an outfit which you could wear to camouflage yourself.

You can choose to draw, paint, cut and paste pictures, collage or even create and wear the outfit yourself! The options are endless and are only limited by your imagination.

Be sure to share a photo of your camouflage outfit and the environment on our CUA Facebook page! Take evidence such as photos or drawings to your in-school CUA coordinator – time allocated for the Camouflage Outfit Challenge will be at the discretion of the coordinator.

You can also ask an adult to go to our CUA Pinterest page for lots of ideas to help you. 🙂

Children’s University Australia – March 2018 Online Challenge

March – 31 DAYS OF DRAWING

During this month’s challenge spend 1 hour drawing any of the 31 DAYS OF DRAWING Challenge Ideas – see image below or download here: March Challenge Drawing Ideas. It could be 10 minutes a day for 6 days, or 30 minutes for 2 days or 1 hour on 1 day – whatever suits you, and helps you to do your best artistic work.

You can use pencils, crayons, watercolours, texta, pens or a mix of them all to create your drawing/s.

Take your drawing/s to your in- school coordinator for 1 hour of learning in your Passport. Don’t forget to get an adult to share your drawing/s with us on our CUA Facebook Page (Public or Private).

You can also ask an adult to go to our CUA Pinterest page for lots of drawing tutorials and step-by-step guides to help you improve your skills and create your best drawing/s ever! Have fun!

Children’s University Tasmania – March Online Challenge

The team at CU Tasmania are kindly sharing their monthly challenges for CUA members in all states to complete.

March – SENSES

Can you name the five basic human senses? Our human senses may notice changes to the world around us – our senses may detect changes in colours, sounds, smells and other changes around our local environment. Choose a day in March to explore what your senses notice about the world around you.

For full details of the Senses Challenge, click here.

Once you have completed the CU Tasmania Senses Challenge, take evidence to your in-school CUA Coordinator for 30 minutes – 1 hour in your Passport. Time allocated is at the discretion of the coordinator.

Children’s University Australia – February 2018 Online Challenge

Make a Valentine’s Card.

It’s time to get crafty and make some Valentine’s cards for the important people in your life.

There are lots of ways for us to show how much we love and appreciate those who are important to us. Join this month’s challenge to help make others feel important and loved.

Remember we always LOVE it when you share your photos with us. Take your cards/photos of your cards to your CUA in-school coordinator for 1 hour in your Passport to Learning.

Children’s University Australia – January 2018 Online Challenge

Green Thumb Challenge – Grow Your Own Plant

Summer is truly upon us – time to put the sun’s energy to good use!

Your challenge for January (and beyond) is to become a ‘Green Thumb’ and grow your own plant at home! It could be a vegetable or fruit you would like to eat, or a nice flower to decorate your room. You can grow it from seeds, or you can pick up a potted seedling or plant from your local hardware store (we hear our Learning Destination Partner, Bunnings Australia, has a few for sale!).

Once you’re all set up, send us a photo, tell us what your plant is and why you’ve chosen to grow that plant. We will send you some reminders during the year to make sure you’re still looking after your plant!

Don’t forget to show your photos and explanation to your in-school CUA Coordinator to receive one hour in your passport.

(Bonus time in your Passport later in the year, if you can keep your plant alive and/or harvest some flowers, fruit or vegetables. Stay tuned for more information during the year!)

Good luck Green Thumbs!