Virtual Lab: Cultural Collisions

Virtual Lab


Wednesdays and Fridays | 9.30am and 11.30am

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
Year Level
Year 4 – 6
60 minutes

$90 per group (up to 32 students) (Online Program)

Join us virtually

We’re excited to launch our new virtual education program that allows you and your class to join us online from your classroom, wherever you are in WA.  This is a virtual facilitated version of our popular Cultural Collisions program for year 4 6.  

Our virtual Cultural Collisions program will include a private link for your class to join one of our experienced museum educators. You will participate in an adapted version of our program in a private, interactive, online session. Each session will involve 3 stories of early encounters with Aboriginal peoples from around WA, based around objects from the museum. These stories will be shared by the facilitator with additional video content, questions and discussion opportunities for the class as well as online interactive activities and a worksheet for students to fill out in class as we go. 

Each session will run for approximately 1 hour. Please see our FAQ below for additional information about joining us virtually.

Program Information

Learn about the early encounters and collisions of culture between the Aboriginal peoples of Western Australia and a variety of newcomers since 1616.

Students critically examine First Contact experiences between Aboriginal peoples in our state, investigating the history of encounters with various visitors through industry, trade and colonisation. Evidence of these diverse relationships and their cultural, social, and economic consequences are examined through artworks and objects from the Museum’s collections. 

Student experience

Students will investigate:

  • Case studies of early contact between Aboriginal peoples from around Western Australia and others, including Makassans and the British.
  • The diversity of pre-colonial and colonial relationships and encounters with Aboriginal peoples
  • Legacies of these early relationships, reflecting on their own attitudes and learning

Skills development

This program links to the following strands of the Western Australian Curriculum:

Year 4

First contacts

  • The diversity and longevity of Australia's first peoples and the ways they are connected to country/place (e.g. land, sea, waterways, skies) and their pre-contact ways of life (ACHASSK083)
  • The nature of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples and others (e.g. the Macassans, Europeans) and the impact that these interactions and colonisation had on the environment and people's lives (ACHASSK086)

Year 5

The Australian colonies

  • The patterns of colonial development and settlement (e.g. geographical featuresclimate, water resources, transport, discovery of gold) and how this impacted upon the environment (e.g. introduced species) and the daily lives of the different inhabitants (e.g. convicts, free settlers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples) (ACHASSK107)
  • The economic, social and political impact of one significant development or event on a colony and the potential outcomes created by 'what if…?' scenarios (e.g. frontier conflict; the gold rushes; the Eureka Stockade; the Pinjarra Massacre; the advent of rail; the expansion of farming; drought) (ACHASSK107)

Year 6

A diverse and connected world

  • Australia's connections with countries (e.g. trade, migration, tourism, aid, education, defence, sport) and how these connections change people and places (ACHASSK141).

Australia as a nation

  • Experiences of Australia's democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children (ACHASSK135).

Trade-offs and impacts of consumer and financial decisions

  • Choices about the use of resources result from the imbalance of limited resources and unlimited wants (i.e. the concept of scarcity) (ACHASSK149).

Trade-offs and impacts of consumer and financial decisions

  • Decisions about the alternative use of resources result in the need to consider trade-offs (e.g. using the land to grow crops or to graze cattle) (ACHASSK149)



What will I need to participate?

  • Screen and speakers – so you can see and hear us
  • Camera and microphone – so we can see and hear you
  • Teacher – you will be needed to assist with classroom management and maintain the connection within in the classroom

What platform will the session be on?

The session will be run via Microsoft Teams. Participants will be able to join the session via this platform online, even if they do not have a Microsoft Teams account. You can use the Google Chrome browser to join your session as a guest online.

How and when will I receive my link to join?

Your link to join the session will be sent to the email address used at time of booking at least one week prior to the session. Please contact us on or phone 1300 134 081 if you have not received your link 3 days prior to your booked session.

Does a teacher need to be present?

Yes, a teacher is required to be present at all times to assist with classroom management and technical support if required.

Will my students require anything?

We will send out a worksheet for students to complete during the session. This will be sent as a pdf with the session link prior to your session. Please print a copy of the worksheet for each student to complete during the session.

How many classes can I have on one call?

We are currently only offering our sessions on an individual class basis for up to 32 students at a time. This is to allow maximum interactivity and engagement with the facilitator. You may book for multiple classes in other available time slots on the same day.

What if I have students learning from home?

We understand there may be instances that you and your class are unable to be together. We are happy to accommodate multiple logins from different locations to the call if requested. Please let us know if you require this prior to your session, by emailing or phone 1300 134 081.  

Who can I contact if I have further questions? 

You can contact us by emailing or phone 1300 134 081 if you have any additional questions.