School shows Melbourne
Schools and education go hand in hand. Teachers are good at what they do, but even the best reply on outside help to get the job done. This is usually when there is a school excursion to a place of interest or more commonly these days a school incursion or travelling show to entertain and educate the kids. School excursions cost a lot of time and money, and that's even before the learning starts. The logistics involve arranging buses to get the children to the venue and by the time the travelling is factored in, there isn't much time left for the excursion. It gets even worse when you add in the time it takes to muster the kids up to bring them home and of course the mandatory midday luch break. A trip to a zoo or museum that is scheduled for a whole day, may only add up to an hour of two learning time, once you have factored in travel time, lunch, toilet breaks and the like.
A school incursion has many advantages over the excursion, the most compelling being cost. Taking out the travel expenses, the cost for the person or persons doing the incursion becomes relatively minor in comparison, usually being about a third of the cost of the excursion.
The school incursion can be made to fit within the existing timetable and therefore minimizes disruption to both students and staff. Better yet, by removing the travel time from the equation, there is more time that can be devoted to the actual learning processes.
Schools like to hand hands-on leanring in incursions to differentiate them from the usual chalk-and-talk type of learning. Okay, now they use whiteboards, but the gist is the same!
Wildlife incursions are valuable to kids of all ages because at different levels the kids learn different things about animals. Junior year levels deal with life cycles. Mid year levels deal with classification and higher levels deal with subjects as diverse as conservation and genetics. As a result the same animals can be used to teach kids at many year levels.
Reptiles are the preferred animal for school wildlife education for several reasons. These include ease of transport, diversity of species and form and most importantly that they can be handled by large numbers of kids without getting stressed, agitated or injured. You can't do the same with most kinds of mammals, birds, fish or invertebrates! As a result the most popular kid's school incursion in Melbourne Victoria is the mobile kids school reptile show which lets the children handle the animals. Only one company in Melbourne allows this and bookings often get busy, especially at times like science week in August, end of terms and similar peak periods. So if you happen to be a teacher planning your next school wildlife display it pays to make your bookings well in advance.