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Earthworms wriggle their way into Dissection Connection

mr vivi looks into earthworms at dissection connection
mr vivi looks into earthworms at dissection connection
Mr Vivi looks into earthworms at Dissection Connection

Mr Vivi is having such a marvellous time with his earthworm research. His degree is in natural resource management, you know, so this is his native habitat.

An earthworm dissection has been included in a Yr 7 science textbook this year and it’s thrown everyone up here into a bit of a spin.  We’ve had several requests to supply them , so he’s bought himself some earthworms and he’s feeding them up so they will be nice and fat.  He’s really enjoying it, actually!  He talks to them when he feeds them 🙂

He has also been testing a few methods of preservation that don’t use formalin and I think he’s come up with a good method.

He’s shown me what he finds when he dissects them and it’s really interesting.  Much more interesting than I thought it would be.  He dissected earthworms at Uni so he knows what to look for.

If you’re after earthworms for the classroom then drop me a line and I’ll have you sorted out in no time.

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27 Jul, 2016

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Hopping Mad Leap Year Sale!

By Geoff Gallice from Gainesville, FL, USA (Cane toad portrait)
By Geoff Gallice from Gainesville, FL, USA (Cane toad portrait)
By Geoff Gallice from Gainesville, FL, USA (Cane toad portrait) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Happy New [Leap] Year!

Welcome to 2016! Here’s hoppin’ your holiday was Toad-ally awesome!

This hot, wet weather is sending us a bit hopping mad and brought the toads out in force so they’re lined up in the freezer like frogs on a log.

Since the 29th of February only comes around once every 4 yearsWart should we do? We’ve decided to by celebrate by having a

Hopping Mad Sale

on toads.

For the entire month of February it’s

Buy 3 Get 1 Free!

Hop Hop Hooray!

The last day for despatch of this special is Monday 29th February so hop to it and get your order in before you Froget.


2 Feb 2016

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Dissection Collection: reproductive dissection is serious science fun

bovine testicle being dissected

I just wanted to let you know how much serious, Science fun we had last day of term.
We had a teacher who was a vet nurse do the dissection so she knew a lot about it all. We had many guest students, teachers and staff come to observe as everyone was so fascinated.
Definitely a worthwhile science activity!!

– Jo Kerry, Miami SHS

At this time of year it can seem like the entire curriculum is falling down on top of you.  It’s a few weeks until the end of the year, you’ve got content to finish teaching, revision to fit in, exams to write and mark, graduation ceremonies, reporting…. the list is endless and you still have to turn up for rostered playground duty.

It is very easy to decide not to squeeze in an extra activity and nobody would blame you.  But sometimes something special is just what the school needs at this time of year.

We had a couple of very large porcine uterus arrive unexpectedly.  I couldn’t tell if they were pregnant, but they were certainly bigger than anything I had seen before.  One school made the time in their day to include a dissection of the uterus and a bovine penis specimen as well and the response was fantastic.

As word spread about the impending spectacle other classes asked to come.  When the reception staff were forewarned about the delivery they asked if they could watch too.  On the day questions were thrown thick and fast and every single person in the room went away with at least one piece of information about their reproductive system that they didn’t know before.  Can you imagine the conversations at dinner tables all around the coast that night?  “What did you do at school today, son?”…..



 30 Nov 2015