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AR Adaptations program

Teacher checklist


Your school


DoE $24 per student - GST free

Non-gov school $34 per student - GST free, minimum charge $700

Term 1 - Catholic school Weeks 3 to 7 cost = DoE cost - GST free, minimum charge $700

Risk assessment

Risk management plan

COVID-19 safety plan

School preparation If possible provide one extra large learning space, with a smart board, for all participating classes for the duration of the day. The space needs to accommodate multiple classes.
Supporting resources

Invertebrate Explorer - available free from Apple Books

Fact sheets

Medical or special needs Notify Field of Mars staff prior to incursion. 

Cancellations with less than four school weeks' notice will incur a $500 administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather or fire danger.

Suggested timetable

The suggested timetable is suitable for up to 3 classses.
This program has been modified and now runs for approximatly 4 hours.


Classes 1,2 (and 3)

9.00 - 11.00

Session 1

Investigating invertebrates

Adaptations lab

11.30 - 1.00

Session 2

AR adaptations

Learning activities 

Students will learn about structural and behavioural adaptations of Australian invertebrates through a range of hands-on activities. 

Inquiry question

  • How do the structural and behavioural features of living things support survival?

Investigating invertebrates

Students will work small groups to search for and collect leaf litter or arboreal invertebrates in the gardens and trees found in the school or local area using equipment provided by Field of Mars teachers. 

Adaptations lab 

Students will be introduced to the concepts of structural and behavioural adaptations through a guided observation of an invertebrate on a large display.

Students will use specialised equipment and tools to enhance their observation skills and record their findings.

Based on their observations students will use a digital pencil with an iPad to bring an invertebrate to life.  They will create a digital drawing of invertebrate including its structural adaptations while exploring bilateral symmetry.  

AR Adaptations

The true potential of their drawings will be unlocked though an augmented reality (AR) app. As the invertebrate materializes before their eyes, students will be able to layer their digital drawing on reality. 

They can walk around it, examine it from every angle, and even interact with it.

Finally students will narrate an informative video describing their AR invertebrates adaptations.


Syllabus outcomes and content 

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus (2017)


A student:

  • examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things ST3-4LW-S 


Adaptations of living things


  • describe adaptations as existing structures or behaviours that enable living things to survive in their environment

  • describe the structural and/or behavioural features of some native Australian animals and plants and why they are considered to be adaptations


Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2017