Brain Bank

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

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.

Many of these resources have been 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).

Use the Filter bars below to sort our resources by; Resource Type; Curriculum Area ; or Year level.

This activity has been developed for students to see the real world application of displaying data on graphs to determine trends. Links to resources to help students complete different tasks have been included in the activity.

Technology allows scientists to collect more data than ever on athletes. In order to best communicate the trends to athletes, scientists display the data on graphs. This activity demonstrates how a scientist uses graphs to display the trends in a data set so it is easier for athletes and coaches to understand.

Learning intention

To display data on graphs to better understand trends.

Success criteria
  • Use excel to display data on a column and line graph.
  • Interpret data displayed on a graph.
  • Identify advantages of displaying data on a graph.
  • Sweaty Maths Teacher Notes (Print) Download
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This resource could be used as an introduction to Year 7 Statistics and Probability, where you challenge the students to go online to research the definition of mean, median and mode. Students could discuss the activity with peers to promote meaningful conversation about mathematics through presenting and justifying arguments. It could also be used an as an assessment opportunity at the end of the unit.

Learning Intention

To understand that summarising data by calculating mean, median and mode can help make sense of the data.

Success Criteria
  • Calculate mean, median and mode for a variety of data sets.
  • Interpret the statistics to organise the data collections into matching groups.
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Athletes, coaches, engineers and sports scientists rely on the collection and analyses of data in order to develop new technologies that will improve equipment and performance. Data analysis skills are integral to the success of this process. This data analysis task was developed for students to apply their data analyses skills in the context of athlete training.
The task would be suitable for use at Level 10 or VCE General Mathematics. The questions are accessible to both levels; however, depth of expected answers at each level would differ.

Learning intention

To understand how to use boxplots and summary statistics to compare two data distributions.

Success criteria
  • Approximate five point summary statistics from a boxplot.
  • Calculate range.
  • Describe the shape of a data distribution.
  • Interpret a boxplot the answer questions about data sets.
  • Explain when and why median is a more appropriate measure of spread than mean.

 

  • Plotting for Success Student Worksheet (Digital) Download
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A fantastic new podcast relevant for VCE PE, Biology and Psychology and also those interested in mental health and wellness!

In this podcast, Tommy primarily focuses on the physiological benefits of physical activity. Physical activity is an incredibly important health tool that is used in the treatment and prevention of many diseases, including psychiatric diseases. There is a multitude of research showing that in addition to the physical benefits of exercise including, improved cardiopulmonary and muscle function, physical activity improves our quality of life.
So, what are the underlying physiological changes that take place during or after exercise? Can they improve our mental health? Have a listen to find out!

We have also included Revision Cards for this podcast to assist with students who may be using this as revision.

  • Exercise and Brain Health Podcast (mp3) Download
  • Exercise and Brain Health Revision Cards Download

This next podcast in our VCE PE series explores the rapid and often exponential increases in science and technology, leading to further understanding of human biology and mechanics. In relation to sport and human performance, this new and emerging field of sports technology is aiding the optimisation of peak human performance.
VCE PE Curriculum links-
– Unit 3- Area of study 1- Chapter 1- Characteristics of skill and stages of learning
– Unit 3- Area of study 1- Chapter 2- Improving skills
– Unit 4- Area of study 1- Chapter 10- Activity analysis in sports

  • Innovative Sports Technology and Performance Podcast (mp3) Download

Testing the lung function of athletes is common place. It allows coaches to measure the effect of training on athletes and also to determine if they are suffering from any respiratory diseases. One functional test that is used to determine if an athlete is suffering from a respiratory disease is a vital capacity test.

This activity has been developed for students to see the real world application of using the scientific method to test a hypothesis. Students will need access to basic equipment to conduct the experiment.

Learning intention

To use the scientific method to test lung function.

Success criteria
  • Display and interpret data on a column graph.
  • Make conclusions based on results.
  • Suggest improvements to a method.
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This fantastic new BioCATS resource is a great way for students to use their mathematical skills to analyse Geelong Cat Patrick Dangerfield’s performance! Join Pat as he introduces the activity and talks the students through the data collection component of the activity.

To use the BioCATS Stats Crunch resource please download the Student Workbook below and use the YouTube link below to distribute to students so they can view the video content and see Pat in Action!

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.

  • BioCATS Stats Crunch Work Booklet (Print) Download
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An active STEM challenge for students to compare themselves with Usain Bolt!

Learning Intention

To be able to compare primary data collected to elite athletes results.

Success Criteria
  • Use tools to measure 10 metres.
  • Visually represent the experiment data in a column graph.
  • Calculate the difference and range of results.
  • Compare your data to elite athletes.
  • Catch me if you can! - Student Worksheet (print) Download
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Research has shown that a person’s height is directly related to the length of their step (this is called their stride). This activity is great to get students active and using their maths skills at the same time.

Learning Intention

To be able to follow formulas to calculate answers to simple equations.

Success Criteria
  • Measure height in centimetres.
  • Calculate stride length (cm).
  • Convert centimetres to metres and kilometres.
  • Graph stride length calculations on vertical column graph.
  • Big Strides Student Worksheet (Print) Download
  • Big Strides Teacher Notes (Print) Download
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BioLAB are creating a series of podcasts that focus on difficult concepts in the VCE curriculum.

This podcast is designed for VCE Physical Education students and teachers who want to revise their understanding of energy systems and their interplay. Join our host Tommy Moore for a enlightening summary of this important concept in Unit 3/4 VCE PE.

In this episode, we focus on the three energy systems. We discuss what fuels them, what ATP is and why we need it and the constant interplay of all three systems to supply us with the energy we need.

VCE PE curriculum links-

  • Unit 3- Area of study 2- Chapter 6- The three energy systems working together to produce ATP
  • Unit 3- Area of study 2- Chapter 7- Acute responses to exercise
  • Cellular Respiration Flowchart (Print) Download
  • Energy Systems and interplay podcast (mp3) Download

BioLAB are creating a series of podcasts that focus on difficult concepts in the VCE curriculum.

This podcast is designed for VCE Physical Education students and teachers who want to revise their understanding of the role of lactate and the concepts underlying the lactate inflection point. Join our host Tommy Moore for a enlightening summary of this important concept in Unit 3/4 VCE PE.

In this episode, we will be discussing the key differences between lactic acid and lactate, what lactate threshold and lactate inflection point means and what to look for in a graph.
This is relevant for both Unit’s 3 and 4 for VCE PE, as we look at relative contribution of fuels at particular intensities, by-products, fatigue and fatiguing factors as well as training to improve performance.

VCE PE curriculum links-

  • Unit 3- Area of study 2- Chapter 7- Acute responses to exercise
  • Unit 3- Area of study 2- Chapter 8- Energy system fatigue and recovery mechanisms
  • Unit 4- Area of study 1- Chapter 11- Assessment of fitness

 

  • Lactate, Lactic Acid and Lactate Inflection Point Podcast (mp3) Download

Subtraction problems are everywhere in sport!

This resource is designed to be completed at home with the help of a parent / carer. It is part of a series of resources based on subtraction strategies.
The Parent Information sheet aims to get parents / carers more involved in the maths education at home. The goal is to get the parents to understand the benefits of developing strong number-sense strategies for mathematical problem solving.

Learning Intention

Use compensation to change the numbers in a subtraction problem to make it easier to solve. 

Success Criteria

I am able to demonstrate how to use the compensation strategy to change numbers in a subtraction problem to make it easier to solve:

  • I am able to change one of the numbers to make it a friendly anchor number
  • I understand that I must compensate for this change by making the same change to the other number before solving the problem
  • Compensation Strategy Subtraction Parent Info (Print) Download
  • Compensation Strategy Subtraction Student Worksheet (Print) Download
  • Compensation Strategy Teacher Notes (Print) Download

In this activity students will be completing an experiment designed to test the effect of physical activity on your memory.

Learning intention

To analyse the effect of exercise on memory.

Success criteria
  • Collect baseline and experimental data.
  • Compare and analyse the primary data collected.
  • Display data in column graph and interpret results.
  • Conclude as to whether exercise has a positive or negative impact on brain function and memory.
  • Exercise and Memory Student Worksheet (Print) Download
  • Exercise and Memory Teacher Notes (Print) Download

This activity has been developed as a problem solving task for students that have a sound understanding of area and volume. Students also need to apply rates to volumes calculated.

Learning intention
  • To use area, volume and rate calculation to solve a problem.
Success criteria
  • Draw shapes based information provided on other diagrams and tables.
  • Calculate area of 2-D shapes.
  • Calculate volume of 3-D shapes.
  • Apply rates to volumes to calculate cost.
  • Athletics Field Maths Student Worksheet (Digital) Download
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This activity has been developed for students to see the real world application of manipulating and substituting into equations and displaying data on graphs to determine trends. The task should be completed by students after they are confident in manipulating equations. Students will take around 45 minutes to complete this activity.

Learning intention
  • To use maths to determine the effect of training on an athletes heart.
Success criteria
  • Manipulate and substitute into equations to find unknown values.
  • Display and interpret data on a line graph.

 

 

  • Cardiac Adaptations to Exercise Student Worksheet (Digital) Download
  • Maximum HR Efforts Graphs (Excel) Download
  • Resting HR Graphs (Excel) Download
  • Cardiac Adaptations to Exercise Teacher Notes (Print) Download
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This learning task can be used to introduce the relationship between features of circles and using formulas to solve problems.

Learning Intention

To investigate the relationship between the length of diameter and the length of the circumference of a circle.

Success Criteria
  • Identify the circumference and diameter of a circle.
  • Accurately measure the circumference and diameter of a circle.
  • Calculate the ratio circumference to diameter for multiple circles.

Attempt to approximate a rule for using diameter to calculate circumference

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This activity has been developed as a problem solving task for students that have a sound understanding of Pythagoras Theorem. Links to resources to help students complete different tasks have been included in the activity.

Learning intention

  • To use Pythagoras Theorem to solve a problem.

Success criteria

  • Draw right angled triangles based information provided on other diagrams and tables.
  • Use Pythagoras Theorem to solve the hypotenuse side of a triangle.
  • Make conclusions based on a set of calculated values.

 

 

  • Pythagoras AFL Student Worksheet (Digital) Download
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This Olympic mathematics challenge is ideal for Year 5 students who are consolidating their maths skills – in particular their ability to order numbers in hundreds and thousands.

Learning Intention

To be able to order numbers in their hundreds of thousands.

Success Criteria
  • Understand the difference between ascending and descending.
  • Round to the nearest whole number.
  • Order the attendance records of each Olympics.
  • Predict attendance for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games
  • Olympic Countback Student Worksheet (Digital) Download
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  • Olympic Countback Teacher Notes (Print) Download

In this task students will plan their own fair test to investigate how changing one factor affects the bounce height of balls.

Learning intention

To design and conduct a fair test.

Success criteria
  • Identify independent, dependent and controlled variables.
  • Outline steps taken to conduct a fair test.
  • Record results of a fair test.
  • Draw conclusions about the effect of the independent variable on the dependent variable.
  • Bounce Engineers Student Activity (Print) Download
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This resource explores the effects of sports engineering and show design on marathon times. Students use algebraic equations The resource is designed to support student learning in Number and Algebra – Level 7 and 8.

Learning Intention

To be able to calculate percentage differences.

Success Criteria
  • Identify fastest and slowest marathon times for athletes.
  • Demonstrate attempts to follow formula by showing working out.
  • Calculate the percentage difference of marathon times for all three athletes.
  • Marathon Glory Student Worksheet (Digital) Download
  • Marathon Glory Answers (Print) Download
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This learning task is a simple investigation designed to support science inquiry skills and incorporates physical activity.

Learning Intention

We are using digital technology tools to measure changes in heart rate during exercise and rest.

Success Criteria
  • Record and analyse individual heart rate data.
  • Use affordable and accessible scientific equipment to collect heart rate data.
  • Complete a range of moderate-vigorous exercises.
  • Critically analyse accuracy of equipment and experimental method.
  • Effect of Exercise on Heart Rate: Student Worksheet (print) Download

This resource focuses on the use of Cartesian planes in a novel game play environment!

Learning Intention

To be able to use a Cartesian plane to plot coordinates.

Success Criteria
  • Successfully plot known ‘defender’ coordinates.
  • Score a goal by plotting attackers around the known defenders.
  • Show several different ways you can solve the problem.
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This activity has been developed for teachers to use over a range of topics when students are starting to revise for a topic. The tasks require students to go back over the concepts that they have covered and start thinking of the types of questions they may be asked in an assessment.

Instructions for teachers

The worksheet that students complete is a word document that has been designed using the developer function. This means that students can save the document to their device and are able to modify certain sections to record their answers. Although students are able to quickly adapt to this format, it is recommended that you briefly familiarise yourself with the document before you distribute it to students. You may also like to enter the topic that students will be revising in the heading before distributing the activity to students.

Instructions for students
  1. Download the activity, save to your device and then select view and select edit document.
  2. Complete the activity and resave to your device.
  3. Submit the task to your teacher for feedback.
  • Student Topic Revision Template (Digital) Download
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This activity is designed to explore the concepts of “handedness” in athletes and encourages students to use scientific method to conduct and evaluate an accurate and fair test.

Learning intention
  • To conduct and evaluate a test based on the scientific method.
Success criteria
  • 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
  • Handedness Student Worksheet (Digital) Download
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  • Handedness Instruction to teachers (Print) Download

This resource is aimed at Unit 2 VCE Biology.

This resource is a word document that has been designed using the developer function. This means that students can save the document to their device and are able to modify certain sections to record their answers. Although students are able to quickly adapt to this format, it is recommended that you briefly familiarise yourself with the document before you distribute it to students.

  • To begin students will need to open the document, press ‘View’ on the top heading bar, then ‘Edit Document’. They are then encouraged to save it to their desktop (including their name) before they begin the task.
Learning intention:

To understand the genetic screening process.

Success criteria:     
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the terms genotype, phenotype, gene, allele, homozygous and heterozygous.
  • Explain how the differences in DNA sequence within a gene results in different traits.
  • Identify the role of gel electrophoresis in organising and predicting DNA fragment size.
  • Calculate using a probability table, the genotypes and phenotypes of different genetic crosses.
  • Express phenotype ratio as a percentage and as a fraction.
  • Coded for Success Student Work Plan (Digital) Download
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This task is designed to focus on Fitness Components and Training content in VCE PE Unit 3. The resource will guide you through a short exercise circuit with exercise instructions from Collingwood Magpies netball captain Madison Browne. 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.

  • Fitness Components Student Worksheet (Digital) Download
  • Fitness Components Instruction video with Madison Browne Download
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