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Registration now OPEN for science in Mackay

Mackay Science Miniconference 2016 Program 8 April 2016

Registration is now open for the science conference at Mackay State High School April 7 & 8
Download the full program and all the presenter and workshop details now
Then reserve your spot by registering for the workshops you want
Clicking on the Register button below will take you out to the Eventbrite site where you can choose your sessions

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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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Special Specimen: skull deformity in a stillborn piglet

piglet with skull deformation

This little piggy was never going to make it to market, unfortunately.

Born without part of its skull and the brain or fluid protruding, it’s the only one we’ve ever seen here.  As far as we can tell everything else is completely normally developed, but you won’t really know until you perform a necropsy.

I have asked around for a name for this condition and if the Twitterverse sends one back to me I will post an update.  In the meantime,  if you would like to hear about these special specimens when they do pop up then join our What’s in Miss Vivi’s Freezer mailing list.


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Stillborn piglet workshop 16 October 2014

Dissection Workshop – Stillborn Piglet
At Nambour State High School
Thursday, 16 October 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (AEST)
Nambour, QLD

This workshop morning is aimed at secondary school teachers and lab techs and will focus on a stillborn piglet specimen which is suitable to use in teaching any of the body systems core units of the Australian National Curriculum. The workshop will include a hands on dissection as well as an introduction to anatomical colouring-in resources as teaching tools.

With most of the Uni’s closing or downscaling their animal breeding houses it has become very difficult to secure a good supply of rats for dissection. The sensible and ethical alternative is a stillborn piglet from Dissection Connection.

The session will be focused on giving teachers the knowledge and confidence to enrich their lessons, giving lab technicians the tools to assist and support their teaching colleagues with incorporating specimens like these into their lesson plans and, in the long run, engaging students more by enriching their learning.

Each participant will also receive a certificate of participation to include in their professional development dossier.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get your hands on our pound of flesh. I look forward to meeting you ‘in the flesh’ and hope we can deliver a workshop to remember.