- Monash University Clayton Campus., Monash University’s Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, 15 Innovation Walk
- Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute
Monash University’s Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) is hosting a special hands-on interactive science workshop afternoon, BioEYES, for children aged 5 to 13 from the Chinese-Australian community. The event is in support of the Institute’s One in a Million: Women in STEMM scholarship fund*.
The Institute’s director will open the event with a welcome address and presentation about ARMI’s work and the BioEYES program, followed by high-tea and refreshments for mums as the science workshop commences.
The innovative approach of BioEYES teaches children about developmental biology, stem cells and regenerative medicine through the use of live zebrafish.
Participants get to observe the different stages of the zebrafish life-cycle, including the use of sophisticated microscopes to study the transparent eggs and larvae of zebrafish, which enable them to see organ structures like eyes, moving tails, a heartbeat and blood flow in real-time. Zebrafish are vertebrates that have many body parts in common with humans as well as sharing 70% of our genes.
The workshop gives children (and parents) the opportunity to learn life science in an exciting experiential approach. Learning by working with these live animals captures the imagination and inspires and motivates children to engage with science.
Regenerative medicine and the use of stem cell tools and technologies has been hailed as the next evolution of medical treatments, to help unlock the body’s own potential to heal and regenerate back to optimal health from injury or disease.
ARMI at Monash University’s Clayton Campus is one of the largest institutes of its kind in the world and the only research institute in Australia specialising in regeneration and stem cells.
1:30pm BioEYES, ARMI and One in a Million: Women in STEMM presentations and videos, presented by Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute Directors and researchers and special guests, including the event’s Chinese Community Ambassadors’ Dr Greg Li and Andrea Xin Ding. Note: The event includes Mandarin interpreter and subtitled presentations.
2:00pm: High tea and refreshments served
Science workshop commences. Mums are welcome to participate with their children in the workshop.
3.00pm: Event concludes
What Students Say about the BioEYES program:
“I learnt just how exciting and interesting science really is, especially when you are doing a hands on activity such as this. I learnt a lot about the zebrafish and also about cells, reproduction and how animals grow from just a little embryo to an animal.”
“The program was great! I loved it! It was the best science experiment”
“Doing BioEYES has inspired me and I have learnt that science can be really fun.”
“BioEYES helped me think that science is actually useful!”
Before BioEYES I never knew that animals were used in science! But now I understand why they are important for research.”
“This program has opened my eyes to what science is really like and makes me want to pursue a career in biomedical science now!”
Second/other student: $29
NOTE: CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN FOR THIS EVENT
If you require more information about this event, contact the event’s Chinese Community Ambassador, Andrea Xin Ding.
Event Carparking: available on Monash University Clayton campus. Visit http://armi.org.au/contact
Location/Directions: The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute is located 15 Innovation Walk, Monash University, Clayton Campus.
Turn into Bayview Avenue off Clayton Road, (Clayton) and turn right at the roundabout and continue until you see the campus carpark security attendants.
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*The Institute’s One in a Million: Women in STEMM scholarship fund aims to build a platform of research excellence for women scientists in regenerative medicine, to progress this promising research in repairing and restoring the body from disease and injury.