Virtual Labs

Join us online direct from your classroom for a series of Virtual Labs. Discover the upcoming facilitated online programs below and book your space or check out some of our previous virtual labs delivered by scientists and researchers.

Upcoming Labs

Previous Labs

What does a palaeontologist actually do? What is the best part of their job and what sort of things do you need to know to become one? Helen Ryan, technical officer of palaeontology at WA Museum, lets you in on some of the things she gets up to in her varied role as a palaeontoligist at WA Museum.

The Museum’s palaeontology collection has over 1,500,000 specimens. Go behind-the-scenes with Dr. Mikael Siversson to learn how these specimens help us understand the history of living things in Western Australian. Mikael will also discuss his own work researching shark fossils found in WA.
In this lab, we’re diving into the unknown! Learn how scientists use technology to record unknown species from the deep ocean.  Dr. Lisa Kirkendale and Dr. Nerida Wilson are two of the WA Museum’s experts in aquatic zoology. Together they will talk about their field work exploring the Ningaloo Canyons on the Falknor deep sea expedition. 

Dr Brian O’Brien was an Australian physicist whose career in space science began in the 1960s designing and launching satellites into space to measure auroras. He also pioneered the study of lunar dust during the Apollo missions, his experiments even ran on the moon! Be inspired and amazed hearing not only about Brian O'Brien's amazing scientific knowledge, but his passion for his scientific endeavours and ever-changing career that spanned 60 years in science.

Join Dr Andrew Hosie, curator of crustacea and worms at WA Museum and hear about his current research project. We'll outline the stages of crab development and how identifying crab larvae from plankton samples, then using genetic barcoding to aid in identification, might be useful in future management of our aquatic resources.

Join Dr Mark to learn what weird and wonderful things we store in glass vials and jars, from scorpions and trapdoor spiders to millipedes and pseudoscorpions.