Teacher Professional Development Stages 3 – 6

Microbiology in Schools: Skill UP Fear NOT

1 day hands-on course

For teachers looking to explore the microbiological world in their science classes, Quantal Bioscience offers Microbiology in Schools: Skill UP Fear NOT. This is a 1-day hands-on course conducted in our research laboratory based at The King’s School in North Parramatta, suitable for senior primary to senior high school teachers. 

Microbiology-focused classroom demonstrations and practical investigations by students provide engaging content that can link into the Science curriculum from Stage 3 to Stage 6. Beyond the obvious importance of microorganisms in human, animal and plant health, microbiology-focused experiments are an expedient classroom device to demonstrate the diversity of ecosystems, and the many and varied interactions between the living and physical worlds. Across all Stages, microbiology investigations will enhance the development of skills in Thinking Scientifically and Working Technologically. Students participating in microbiology investigations may also gain knowledge and understanding of content in the topic Living World, for example:

  • Stage 3 – adaptations of living things and their response to the physical environment;
  • Stage 4 – the diversity of living things; how the structure and function of living things affects their classification; and the beneficial or harmful effects microorganisms can have on humans and ecosystems;
  • Stage 5 – explain how natural selection relates to changes in microbial populations, including in the development of antimicrobial resistance.

The Skill UP Fear NOT foundation course covers best practice microbiological safety, ensuring teacher familiarity and competency in handling Risk Group 1 microorganisms in school classrooms. The course will also provide teachers skills in introductory microbiological techniques. These skills and techniques will be taught in the context of both observational and experimental lesson plans suitable for senior primary to senior high school students. Our practical approach will give you confidence to safely bring the microbiological world into your classroom and engage your students!

The Skill UP Fear NOT course is developed and delivered by Dr Belinda Chapman and Dr Michelle Bull, applied research microbiologists, each with 20 years’ experience across food, health and environment sectors. Belinda and Michelle also have 5 years’ experience bringing their enthusiasm for the microbiological world to students from Kindergarten to Year 12. Through Quantal Bioscience, they have delivered food, human health and environment-themed microbiology workshops and research projects to students through their school holiday and after-school programs. They are a partner in The Future Project, through which they collaborate with Year 10 and Year 11 science students to facilitate in-depth research projects.

This course is available at a cost of $250 +GST per teacher, max. 8 teachers per session.

Classes dates available now:

Tues 27th February 2018

Tues 13th March 2018

Tues 8th May 2018

Tues 24th July 2018

Tues 21st August 2018

Additional dates may be available on request.

For information and to book, email contact@quantalbioscience.com.



Stay tuned for further teacher professional development opportunities coming soon from Quantal Bioscience.


Visit us at CONASTA 67 in Sydney!

Quantal Bioscience will present a new workshop,

A B 4: Build them, blast them and shine a light on biofilms in your classroom

Monday 9th July, 11am – 12.50 pm

Last year our workshop booked out fast, so be quick!

Otherwise, please come and visit us at our booth – we’re easy to remember –

Booth 1, Level 1

– looking forward to seeing you there!