Brain Bank

Welcome to BioLAB’s Brain Bank – a comprehensive resource library designed to support learning in both the classroom and remotely.

Simply enter your Biolab password and you will be able to access each resource to download

Each resource has been designed to be a discrete learning task that can be completed by students in approximately 1-1.5 hours.  Some VCE resources are a little more comprehensive and have been designed to address specific outcomes and key knowledge areas within the identified unit of study. Our resources are designed to be easily uploaded to your school learning management system (Compass or similar) and downloaded by students. Resources can be downloaded in two different file formats: Digital (Word docx) or Printable (pdf).

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This Resource is designed to compliment the onsite and outreach “Beat That” program. Students use the primary data generated during the program and apply their mathematical skills in analysing and representing their individual and also class data sets.

  • Beat That Primary - Post Visit Mathematics Poster View Download

Vertical Limit is an engaging maths resource which introduces the Standing Vertical Jump Test which measures the height a player can jump in the air and the results help us to predict a players ability to mark, tap, and defend the ball during a match. Patrick Dangerfield talks students through the testing protocol and after completing the test, students will analyse their results and compare vertical jump height to their classmates and the Cats Players!

This new resource is aimed at supporting Year 5/6 students apply their mathematical skills to real world scenarios.

This resource consists of the Student Workbook and Video – links to both are included below.

This task will guide you through a short exercise circuit with exercise instructions from netball champion Madison Browne. Madison is into her 14th season of professional netball and has collected National championships, two Commonwealth games medals and various player awards throughout her career.
Madison has used her knowledge of the human anatomy, fitness components and training to ensure she is able to prepare herself for the sport of netball.

Learning intention
  • To relate knowledge of the human body and movements to different sporting skills
Success criteria
  • Complete netball focused circuit
  • Determine bones and muscles involved
  • Relate movements to sporting skills
  • Create circuit for chosen sport

Sam and Cam are competitive individuals, lifting rocks like The Hulk and declaring themselves the “strongest at BioLAB” – apply your maths skills to settle the score and work out who is the strongest.

Learning intention
  • To use formulas to work out the weight of an object.
Success criteria
  • Define density.
  • Use dimensions to draw a rectangular prism.
  • Use a formula to calculate the volume of an object.
  • Use a formula to calculate the weight of an object.

A fantastic resource that makes you want to be a tennis player!! It has been designed to compliment General Mathematics Units 1 and 2 Outcomes, in area of study 6.

Learning intention

To investigate and compare data distributions.

Success criteria
  • Use a graphics calculator to construct a histograms and parallel boxplots.
  • Identify the shape of a distribution.
  • Use a calculator to find summary statistics.
  • Identify Q1, median and Q3 from an ordered data list without using a calculator.
  • Use summary statistics to write a report.
  • Compare the centre, shape and spread of data distributions

The human heart is an incredible muscle. Rhythmically beating, to keep us alive.
Factors such as genetics, exercise, diet, sleep and stress all result in a range of variations to heart rate.

This resource includes two investigations into heart rate throughout a normal day.

Learning Intention

To analyse and understand how your heart rate changes during the day.

Success Criteria
  • Collect primary heart rate data using accessible heart rate technologies.
  • Interpret primary heart rate data
  • Evaluate primary heart rate data

In the spirit of the Tour de France beginning soon! We bring you this french inspired mathematics resource. Grab your beret, put on your lycra and enjoy!

Learning intention

• To interpret data displayed on a distance time graph.

Success criteria

• Describe how the gradient of the graph relates to velocity.
• Calculate the average speed between two points of the graph.
• Use data to infer events that could of occurred.

This revision resource for VCE PE is designed to provide a good learning tool for anatomy revision.

This resource targets Unit 1: The Human Body in Motion/ Area of Study 1: How does the musculoskeletal system work to produce movement?

Learning Intention

To be able to test prior knowledge on the muscular and skeletal system.

Success Criteria
  • Label muscle and bones on yourself or another individual.
  • Check your answers using 3D Anatomy Learning app or Nelson VCE PE textbook.
  • Evaluate the implementation of this revision strategy.

This resource is designed to encourage students to graph and analyse real world data sets using athlete age statistics and world record marathon times

Learning Intention

Plot a side by side column graph from real world data then make a conclusion about the relationship displayed within the graph.   

Success Criteria

I am able to demonstrate how to plot data on a side by side column graph:

  • I am able to correctly use a legend to distinguish the different series within the data
  • I am able to correctly plot data using the information on the x and y axis
  • Using the graph, I am able to explain the relationship shown between an athletes age and the time it takes to run a marathon
  • I am to conduct online research and explain how my findings might relate to the graph
  • Marathon Maths: Peak Age Student Worksheet (Print) View Download
  • Marathon Maths: Peak Age Teacher Instructions (Print) View Download

Let’s explore chemical reactions with a few fun and easy experiments.

Learning Intention

To conduct an experiment exploring the effect of temperature on a chemical reaction.

Success Criteria
  • Successfully follow a scientific method.
  • Make a hypothesis.
  • Complete a set amount of trials.
  •  Record all results.
  • Compare and analysis data collected

These tasks are designed to increase and apply your knowledge of forces and Newton’s laws, and their effects on sports and its participants.

Learning intention
  • To learn about Newton’s laws and explore how they are applied to different sports
Success criteria
  • Define Newton’s three laws of motion.
  • Apply Newton’s laws to different sporting examples.
  • Research Sir Isaac Newton’s history.
  • Newtons Laws and Sport - Student Worksheet (Digital) View Download
  • Newtons Laws and Sport Teacher Instructions (Print) View Download

This resource explores biomimicry and its applications in sport. In the field of biomimetic design, biomimicry is used to enhance sports equipment design in order to improve participant safety and comfort or to enhance performance.

Learning Intention

To understand how biomimicry is used in the design process.

Success Criteria
  • Relate adaptations to organisms and their survival and reproductive success.
  • Understand the use of biomimicry in the development of sports equipment.
  • Apply biomimicry to the design of sports equipment.
  • Consider the ethical implications of use of technology advancements in competitive sport.

Understanding and testing drag force is important in different sports to give athletes an edge. Scientists are constantly developing materials that help athletes deal better with drag force. This experiment demonstrates the effects of drag force on a runner.

Learning intention
  • To conduct and evaluate a test to determine the effect of drag.
Success criteria
  • Describe how drag force acts on a moving object
  • Display and interpret data on a column graph.
  • Make conclusions based on results.
  • Identify different variables in the scientific method.
  • Suggest improvements to a method.

The Olympic Games, while postponed for 2020, are set to take place in Tokyo 2021. This resource challenges students to complete a data analysis on the Olympic medal counts for athletic (track and field) events, across the four most recent Olympic Games; Rio, London, Beijing and Athens.

Learning Intention

To be able to use a big data to analyse and explore patterns and trends.

Success Criteria
  • Use the excel spreadsheet to identify the number of gold, silver and bronze medals won at each Olympic Games.
  • Find the difference between the number of male and female medallist.
  • Graph the results using Microsoft Excel.
  • Summarise the trend in data.

Use a dice and your math skills to follow Craig on his adventure to school! A great way to consolidate interpreting data and using graphs to tell a story.

Learning intention

To use a line graph to display heart rate data.

Success criteria
  • Complete a line graph.
  •  Interpret data on a line graph.

This resource challenges to use data collected from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games to explore how correlations can be used to improve an athlete’s performance. A great introduction to finding correlations in data sets using scatter plots, and Cartesian planes.

Learning Intention

To understand how data correlations are used to predict an athletes performance.

Success Criteria
  • Interpret secondary data set.
  • Calculate the range of the data set.
  • Use Microsoft Excel to create a scatter plot.
  • Make a prediction using line of best fit.

A great game based maths resource that involves the whole family getting active and playing games!

This resource is aimed at grade 3 students, however it could be used for any primary school students to improve their understanding of odd and even numbers, and the relationship between addition and subtraction. The resource is based around the game Finska, an excellent game from Finland that can be used in a wide range of primary maths applications.

If students don’t have access to the equipment there are labels and directions on how to create your own Finska set from plastic bottles.

Learning Intention

To be able to use game play to complete addition and subtraction.

 Success Criteria

Demonstrate an ability to:

  • Accurately add and subtract single and two-digit numbers
  • calculate my score as less than / more than my opponent
  • calculate how many more I need to reach the target score
  • Accurately identify my current score as odd or even

Become an Olympic Data Analyst! Students will be challenged to make the data from the Olympic Games more meaningful and easier to understand. Students will need to use their researching, calculation and graphing skills.

Learning Intention

To be able to analyse and interpret secondary data to develop new ranking system.

Success Criteria
  • Apply research skills to collate data sets.
  • Calculate mean and range from a data table.
  • Investigate ‘per capita’ calculations and develop new ranking system.
  •  Construct column graph representing data.

Create your own home workout using mathematical skills! Students use multiplication and addition skills to create their very own home workout. A great way to get them up and out of their seats during remote learning.

This activity has been developed to help students develop healthy work habits while learning in an online environment. It is designed to be used in lessons to break up tasks that require 30 minutes or more of screen time.

Learning intention

To be able to create your own home workout using mathematical skills.

Success criteria
  • Use multiplication and addition skills to select exercise and song.

Introducing METRIC ME! our latest instalment from our BioCATS remote learning resources.

Metric Me! is an introduction to bio-metric measurement and the use of mathematics in determining physical advantage in sport. Students will be able to use calculations, tables and graphs to compare their biomentric measurements with Geelong Cats star Patrick Dangerfield.

To use this resource get students to watch the Metric Me video introduction with Patrick Dangerfield and complete their own measurements and analysis using the workbook.

Learning Intention

To be able to use your mathematics skills to collect, analyse and interpret biometric data.

Success Criteria

  • Collect and record primary data
  • Collect and record secondary data
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Identify ways in which mathematics is used in AFL Football.
  • Use tables and column graphs to represent data

More about the BioCATS Program

The BioCATS program is all about maths and science with a healthy edge!

Each activity developed under the BioCATS brand provides a unique insight into the application of maths and science skills using real life scenarios from the Geelong Football Club.
Our educational experiences are themed with physical activity and the wonders of the human body to engage students in a unique learning environment and emphasise the importance of healthy body, healthy mind.

This partnership program was design ed in 2012 by BioLAB: The Victorian BioScience Education Centre in partnership with the Geelong Football Club. It has been successfully delivered to over 10,000 Victorian primary school students from the Deakin Cats Community Centre at GMHBA stadium.

The BioCATS program is proudly supported by Bisinella.

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