On Wednesday 23 April the Darwin High Centre for Excellence Science class came face to face with live arachnids like tarantulas, giant water spiders and deadly funnel-webs and redbacks at the museums Spiders Exhibit.
Spiders features fascinating exhibits and interactive displays, along with live spiders and nearly 200 additional specimens that will inspire curiosity about the natural world and give a sense of wonder about the animals themselves.
Students had the opportunity to explore all aspects of a spider’s life from their jaws, venom and nutrition to their reproduction and growth in different habitats.
A jointly developed exhibition by the Australian Museum and Questacon – The National Science & Technology Centre, the interactive exhibit enabled students to n ‘hold’ a virtual wolf spider in their hand and challenge a colourful peacock spider to a dance-off!
The exhibition was enjoyed by everyone, with students commenting:
The spider expedition was exciting and something new for the class. I was very interested and would encourage everyone to go and have a look.
The spider exhibition was absolutely fascinating and showcased very interesting information, detailed diagrams and displays and also had interactive activities which were very enjoyable.
I thought it was an interesting experience, I learned new facts about peacock spiders and funnel webs.