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Children’s University Australia – August 2018 Online Challenge


Get some extra treasure out of Book Week by completing the CUA Book Week Activity. Download and complete the activity here: Book Week Activity

There’s one hour up for grabs!


Are you a game changer or a change maker? Do you like to invent, create and imagine new possibilities?  To coincide with National Science Week – Your challenge for the month of August is to be a game changer or a change maker. Use your imagination and ingenuity to come up with something that demonstrates CHANGES – you could create a video of you conducting a science experiment to show changes from solids to liquids, or designing and creating a new board game or changing an old game into something new. If you’re looking for some awesome ideas, take a look at our CUA Boards on Pinterest.

When you have completed your game changer or change maker learning, take evidence such as videos, photos, drawings/diagrams, procedures (etc) to your CUA in-school Coordinator for time in your Passport. Time allocated will be at the discretion of the coordinator.

During August you will also have the opportunity to add 2 additional hours of AWESOME learning to your Passport by enjoying some hands-on science experiments.

Using the websites listed below, conduct any or all of the experiments, taking some photos or videos as evidence of your learning. Once you have completed your learning take evidence to your CUA in-school coordinator for 2 hours in your Passport.

Try some of these cool experiments:

Make string stand on its end

Mapping the moon

Lava fizz

Potpourri preservation

Twisted snowflake

More hands-on activities here

Don’t forget we love seeing photos of your learning – share them with us on our CUA Facebook Page (public or private). Have fun!

Children’s University Tasmania – August Online Challenge

August – Around the Globe

Australia recently competed in the World Cup 2018, a soccer tournament for countries all around the world! This huge sports event is more than just soccer – it’s also a chance for people across the globe to get to know more about each other, to learn about people, countries and cultures in different parts of the world.

The 32 countries who participated in the World Cup 2018 were:

Russia – Saudi Arabia – Egypt – Uruguay – Portugal – Spain – Morocco – Iran – France – Peru – Denmark – Argentina – Iceland – Croatia – Nigeria – Brazil – Switzerland – Costa Rica – Serbia – Germany – Mexico – Sweden – South Korea – Belgium – Panama – Tunisia – England – Poland – Senegal – Colombia – Japan – Australia

Pick one of these countries (not Australia) and answer the following questions;

  • On which continent is this country located?
  • Name two (2) of its neighbouring countries.
  • Name a language commonly spoken in this country.
  • What type of currency (money) is used in this country?

Now, choose any country from around the world and create a drawing or painting that relates to the country – it can be anything about the country and/or its people. Here are a few ideas;

  • Environment
  • History
  • Arts
  • Culture
  • Economy

Why did you choose this particular country to learn about? Was there anything you found especially interesting about this country? If so, what?

Present your drawing/painting to your School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of your School Coordinator.

Don’t forget we love seeing photos of your learning – share them with us on our CUA Facebook Page (public or private). Have fun!

Adelaide Zoo – Zoo Online

Endangered Australian animals at Adelaide Zoo can now be observed on-line! Funded through a collaborative project between the University of Tasmania, University of Wollongong and the University of Adelaide, it was developed as an activity for Children’s University Australia students in regional/remote areas. Children’s University students around the world can now complete an on-line animal observation activity and receive stamps in their passport!

Please note that the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby camera is currently down. To receive your stamp, take your completed ethogram to your in school CUA Coordinator to earn 20 minutes in your passport per ethogram. To access this exciting initiative click here and follow the instructions provided.

Check out the Children’s University Australia validated activities at Zoos SA here.

Alys Jackson Writer

What are your goals? My goals are to connect with people through my writing and to pass on the useful tips and knowledge I gain along the way. It is also wonderful to know that people enjoy what I write and get pleasure from something that means a lot to me.

If you are a writer or thinking of writing, I have a blog, pages for children with poems and short stories and illustrations to give younger readers ideas. You can view all of these resources by clicking here.

To receive a stamp in your passport please read one or more of the poems or short stories and leave a comment via the provided text box (bottom of the story/poem). Then provide evidence of the conversation to your in School CUA Coordinator who will then issue a stamp in your passport.

Students who enjoy this particular activity may be interested in studying creative writing, journalism or media. Just some ideas to get you started.

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

The Jane Goodall Institute promotes understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat and builds on the legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall, our founder, to inspire individual action by young people of all ages to help animals, other people and to protect the world we all share.

Our Roots & Shoots Program empowers young Australians and equips them with the tools, motivation and support they need to address the problems that matter most to them. We create an ever expanding network of Australians, connected with their global counterparts, who are inspired to be change-making global citizens.

You can work individually or form a club to complete the following validated activities:

Chimp Champions – All you have to do is raise at least $50 and we will present your school with your very own Junior Chimp Champion certificate, along with Anzac’s story. Please contact us at [email protected] with your contact details and funds raised and we will organise your certificate or even a visit to your school! Show your certificate to your in-school CUA Coordinator to receive a stamp in your passport. For further details click here.

Habitat Protection – Campaign for Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) labelling! Write to manufacturers asking them to explicitly label palm oil and use CSPO. Show a copy of your emailed letter to your in-school CUA Coordinator to receive a stamp in your passport. For further details access the link here.

Design Your Own – Roots & Shoots is an adaptable and ever-changing program. Most importantly, it’s your program! You can use community mapping to identify areas in your community that could use some help and use that as inspiration to start your own project. Show your community mapping and any other evidence of learning to your in-school CUA Coordinator to receive a stamp in your passport. For further information click here.

Mobile Phone Recycling – Schools only. For further information on Mobile Phone Recycling click here.

Kristin’s Poems for Kids

My name is Kristin Martin and I’m a poet from South Australia. On my website you can find some of my favourite poems. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. Some of these poems are funny. Some are silly. And some are about the beautiful things in life. Let me know which ones you like.

To receive a stamp in your passport, you will need to read some of the poems on the website, and leave a comment in the box below one of the poems. Your comment and my reply will be posted on the website within a few days. You will then need to provide evidence of our conversation to your School Coordinator, who will issue a stamp for 30 minutes per poem conversation.

Students who enjoy this activity may develop an interest in creative writing, journalism or media and choose to pursue further study in one of these fields at a tertiary level.

The poems are suitable for students aged 6 to 12.

For more information and to visit Kristin’s website, click here.

On the Job

“On the Job” is an online curriculum concept, blending online and offline activities into an understanding of employment and the modern workplace.

Here you can find out real people’s experiences on working “On the Job”. Sometimes it might be different to what you think!

Suitable for ages 10 – 14 years old.

To access “On the Job” please click here.

Provide evidence of completing an online activity, for example, photographs, written report or video recording to your in school CUA Coordinator to receive a stamp in your passport. Time allocated is at the discretion of the in school CUA Coordinator.

Story Box Library

Did you know that 85% of what we learn we learn by listening? Do you love hearing stories be performed? Take a sneak peak into Story Box Library and listen to your favourite or new stories come alive…

Think of Story Box Library as an on-line ‘reading room’. It’s a place where the wonderful world of Australian Children’s Literature is on permanent exhibit. Story Box Library is committed to supporting and encouraging the practice of storytelling – they want your imaginations to soar.

Story Box Library creates through videos an interactive experience inviting storytellers to read stories. These may be people you recognise… sports people, musicians, comedians, actors, all with varying accents and from different cultures.

Story Box Library is a live streaming service, which means once logged in, you have instant access to our content without having to download files. You will require a internet connection to access our library. There are also different membership levels available for purchase and some stories for free. Check out the pricing options here.

Stories have been broken down into the following categories:

  • Pre-School (3 – 5 years)
  • Lower Primary (5-7 years)
  • Middle Primary (8-10 years)
  • Upper Primary (10 – 12 years)

Want to get a sneak preview for what Story Box Library is like, then click here. There are always new and interesting opportunities taking place at the Story Box Library – Check it out here.

After listening to a book you can provide evidence of learning to your in-school Children’s University Australia Coordinator by filling out the Book Review Template –Book Review.

The Coral Garden – Dr Tullio Rossi

Tullio Rossi completed his PhD in Climate Science at the University of Adelaide in 2016. During his studies he also worked as a Graphic Designer. Tullio has now combined his scientific and design backgrounds to produce scientific videos focused on marine biology and preservation of the planet’s resources.

Students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of selected videos by completing the corresponding activity sheets. Please note the appropriate YouTube links are found on the activity sheets below.

Mysterious Underwater Sounds Explained-Worksheet (NEW 2018)

Lost at Sea – Worksheet

The Coral Garden – The Story of Frank the Coral- Worksheet

Poop for Climate

Completed worksheets are to be taken to your in school CUA Coordinator and they will issue 30 minutes and a stamp in your passport.

To check out all of Dr Tullio Rossi’s work please visit The Coral Garden YouTube page by clicking here.


Children’s University Tasmania – July Online Challenge


NAIDOC Week – 8-15 July 2018

Background Information

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC 2018 Theme: “Because of Her, We Can!”

Under the theme – Because of Her, We Can! – NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July. As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.

Challenge – Art/Craft Story

Find out about an inspiring Aboriginal woman (or group of women) who made or is making a positive difference in people’s lives. Gather some information that will help you understand a bit about her/their story, such as;

  • Name, Birthplace, Interests, Achievements, How she/they made a positive difference in people’s lives, Any other information about her/their story

Create an art or craft work which celebrates a story of an Aboriginal woman (or group of women) in relation to the 2018 NAIDOC theme “Because of Her, We Can!”

Be creative – you can make a poster, papier-mâché, scrapbook, handicraft or anything else with materials you have at home!

Show your creation to your School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of your School Coordinator.

Check out the NAIDOC website to read more NAIDOC Week

Thanks again to the team at CU Tasmania who are kindly sharing their monthly challenges for all CUA members in all states to complete.

Children’s University Australia – Winter Challenge Activities

Winter holidays can be cold, rainy and spent indoors – don’t worry we have heaps of COOL activities for you to enjoy in the Winter Challenge Activities Booklet.

You can download and print the booklet at home. Winter Challenge Activities can be downloaded here: Winter Challenge 2018

Complete as many activities as you can from the booklet, then return it to your school’s CUA Coordinator (after the holidays) to earn 30 minutes for each activity in your Passport!

Enjoy! Keep warm! 🙂

Children’s University Australia – July 2018 Online Challenge

July Challenge – Create a new FIFA 2018 World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is the biggest sporting event on the planet, capturing the hearts and minds of soccer fans from across the globe. Every four years, 32 nations compete to lift the famous trophy, which has only ever been won by eight countries! After the original was stolen and melted down by thieves, the current trophy was created in 1970. Here at CUA, we think it’s a bit dated and needs a revamp…

Your challenge for the month of July is to design a brand new trophy for winners of the World Cup! You may choose to either draw or build the trophy using any sort of materials you wish. There is no limit on size or shape – it can be whatever you want it to be!

Once you have created your trophy, take a photo to show off your good work and post it on our Facebook page. You must also take a photo to your in-school CUA coordinator to receive a stamp in your Passport, time allocated will be at the discretion of the coordinator.

Remember our Pinterest page has lots of great ideas that will help you to create your version of the World Cup trophy.

Children’s University Tasmania – June Online Challenge

June – SONGS

Do you have a favourite song? Have you ever sung this song before? What is it about this song that you especially like? Who else have you seen or heard singing this song?

This month’s challenge is all about song – to create a song about something you like or want to sing about. It could be about your favourite hobby, a memory, someone you know – anything you like!

Think about what sort of tune or style of music would suit the song you want to create. Think about your favourite song – how does the type of music affect the meaning of the song and how you feel when you listen to the song?

It doesn’t have to be a long song and you don’t have to write down the words, but it does have to be original – it must be your own creation about something meaningful to you.

Afterwards, take a moment to think about what you enjoyed most about making a song. How did you feel as you created it? Would it be something you might do again in the future? Why?

Present your song or sing it to your School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of the School Coordinator.

Thanks again to the team at CU Tasmania who are kindly sharing their monthly challenges for all CUA members in all states to complete.

Children’s University Australia – June 2018 Online Challenge

June Challenge – Recycle/Upcycle Something Plastic Into Something New!

To coincide with World Environment Day – Your challenge for the month of June is to re-purpose any plastic household items into something completely new! You might create a pencil pot, a wind chime, a bird feeder, a herb planter, or an outdoor sprinkler…..your options are endless! Use your imagination to come up with something useful and creative.

Remember we always love seeing you show off your amazing work on our CUA Facebook Page! Also, check out our CUA Pinterest page for lots of awesome recycling/upcycyling ideas and step-by-step guides.

Take your creation or evidence such as photos to your in-school CUA coordinator – time allocated for the challenge will be at the discretion of the coordinator.

Go beat plastic pollution!

World Environment Day is June 5th, and the 2018 theme is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. You can visit the World Environment Day Website for more information.

Children’s University Tasmania – May Online Challenge

May – Make Your Own Robo Wheel

Have you ever spun a “Top”?  A top is a flywheel, a spinning disc that stores energy. Once a flywheel gets going, the stored energy keeps the spin going for a long time. The Robo Wheel is a flywheel.  Like a top or a tire rolling down a hill, once it gets rolling, it keeps going until a force interferes with its spin.  Your challenge this month is to create your own Robo Wheel!

Download your Robo Wheel Instructions here: Tas Monthly Challenge May – Robo Wheel

After you have shared your Robo Wheel with your School Coordinator for 2 hours in your Passport, take a photo and it share with us on the Children’s University Facebook page!

Thanks again to the team at CU Tasmania who are kindly sharing their monthly challenges for all CUA members in all states to complete.

Children’s University Australia – May 2018 Online Challenge

May – Paper Challenge

May Online Challenge – Have you ever stopped to think about how long a piece of newspaper is? Or, better yet, how long it could be?

Your challenge for this month is to take ONE double page of a newspaper and carefully tear it into one loooooooooooooooong single piece! No scissors, no sticky tape – you are only allowed to use are your hands to tear and a ruler to measure it once you are finished.

Post a photo of your paper creation on Facebook (Public Or Private) and let us know how far you made it stretch! You can then take your creation (or just a photo) to your in-school CUA coordinator as evidence. Time allocated for the Paper Challenge will be at the discretion of the coordinator.

Good luck!

You can also ask an adult to go to our CUA Pinterest page for lots of other learning activities relating to paper.  🙂

Children’s University Tasmania – April Online Challenge

The team at CU Tasmania are kindly sharing their monthly challenges for CUA members in all states to complete.

April – Commonwealth Games

Have you been watching the Commonwealth Games? Answer these questions in writing or with drawings:

  • What has been your favourite sport to watch? Why?
  • Find out about a Commonwealth country you have never heard of before the Games.:
    What sport/s are they competing in? How many athletes in their team? What does their flag look like?

Send your support: Let the Australian athletes know that you are cheering for them.

  • Write a letter or draw a picture. Don’t forget to write your name, age and school
  • Your letter/drawing can be to a specific athlete or to the whole team

Show your work and letter to your School Coordinator to receive 2 hours of learning in your Passport.

Children’s University Australia – April 2018 Online Challenge


April Online Challenge – Camouflage occurs when objects are disguised so they cannot be seen easily. In their natural environment, animals have developed colours that enable them to blend into their environment, for example, a tiger’s stripes. This is mostly so they cannot be seen by other animals that might prey on and eat them. Humans also utilise camouflage to their advantage. For example, our ANZACs wear uniforms designed to help them blend in to their surroundings so that they cannot be spotted by the enemy.

Your challenge for this month is to choose an environment from around the world (it could be snow, a desert, the rainforest, your school, a city, your backyard etc) and then design an outfit which you could wear to camouflage yourself.

You can choose to draw, paint, cut and paste pictures, collage or even create and wear the outfit yourself! The options are endless and are only limited by your imagination.

Be sure to share a photo of your camouflage outfit and the environment on our CUA Facebook page! Take evidence such as photos or drawings to your in-school CUA coordinator – time allocated for the Camouflage Outfit Challenge will be at the discretion of the coordinator.

You can also ask an adult to go to our CUA Pinterest page for lots of ideas to help you. 🙂

Children’s University Australia – March 2018 Online Challenge


During this month’s challenge spend 1 hour drawing any of the 31 DAYS OF DRAWING Challenge Ideas – see image below or download here: March Challenge Drawing Ideas. It could be 10 minutes a day for 6 days, or 30 minutes for 2 days or 1 hour on 1 day – whatever suits you, and helps you to do your best artistic work.

You can use pencils, crayons, watercolours, texta, pens or a mix of them all to create your drawing/s.

Take your drawing/s to your in- school coordinator for 1 hour of learning in your Passport. Don’t forget to get an adult to share your drawing/s with us on our CUA Facebook Page (Public or Private).

You can also ask an adult to go to our CUA Pinterest page for lots of drawing tutorials and step-by-step guides to help you improve your skills and create your best drawing/s ever! Have fun!

Children’s University Tasmania – March Online Challenge

The team at CU Tasmania are kindly sharing their monthly challenges for CUA members in all states to complete.

March – SENSES

Can you name the five basic human senses? Our human senses may notice changes to the world around us – our senses may detect changes in colours, sounds, smells and other changes around our local environment. Choose a day in March to explore what your senses notice about the world around you.

For full details of the Senses Challenge, click here.

Once you have completed the CU Tasmania Senses Challenge, take evidence to your in-school CUA Coordinator for 30 minutes – 1 hour in your Passport. Time allocated is at the discretion of the coordinator.

Children’s University Australia – February 2018 Online Challenge

Make a Valentine’s Card.

It’s time to get crafty and make some Valentine’s cards for the important people in your life.

There are lots of ways for us to show how much we love and appreciate those who are important to us. Join this month’s challenge to help make others feel important and loved.

Remember we always LOVE it when you share your photos with us. Take your cards/photos of your cards to your CUA in-school coordinator for 1 hour in your Passport to Learning.

Children’s University Australia – January 2018 Online Challenge

Green Thumb Challenge – Grow Your Own Plant

Summer is truly upon us – time to put the sun’s energy to good use!

Your challenge for January (and beyond) is to become a ‘Green Thumb’ and grow your own plant at home! It could be a vegetable or fruit you would like to eat, or a nice flower to decorate your room. You can grow it from seeds, or you can pick up a potted seedling or plant from your local hardware store (we hear our Learning Destination Partner, Bunnings Australia, has a few for sale!).

Once you’re all set up, send us a photo, tell us what your plant is and why you’ve chosen to grow that plant. We will send you some reminders during the year to make sure you’re still looking after your plant!

Don’t forget to show your photos and explanation to your in-school CUA Coordinator to receive one hour in your passport.

(Bonus time in your Passport later in the year, if you can keep your plant alive and/or harvest some flowers, fruit or vegetables. Stay tuned for more information during the year!)

Good luck Green Thumbs!