Dr Egg Adventures Laboratory: Episode 1: The case of the starving slum-lanes students and the empty school canteen

Catherine Fargher, Anne Forbes* (Contributor)

*Corresponding author for this work

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Dr Egg Adventures Laboratory is an online portal that supports student engagement in STEM and literacy through the use of problem-based, offline and online activities. Students in Grades 3 to 6 can explore an interactive, online science laboratory, watch animations and complete learning modules. Incorporating 21st Century Learning Skills, The Dr Egg Adventures Laboratory is also designed to encourage student autonomy and creative skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. Dr Egg Adventures Laboratory also aligns with the 2019 New South Wales (NSW) Science and Technology Curriculum.

In partnership with the Macquarie University School of Education Senior Lecturer in STEM Education, Dr Anne Forbes, this project has been supported with a NSW Dept of Industry Tech Voucher grant, NSW Dept of Treasury MVP grant and a MQ University Learning and Teaching grant (via School of Education MyScience program)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherAdventure Lab Pty Ltd
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2021

Bibliographical note

In 2008 Catherine completed a Doctorate of Creative Arts at Wollongong University where she developed Hybrid Performance Texts from Contemporary Bioethical Fables, which are the basis for this work.

Her award-winning play Dr Egg and the Man with No Ear, a new media and puppetry production (Sydney Opera House) received critical acclaim and toured the US and Canada from 2008-2010. Catherine won the 2011 AWGIE (national scriptwriting awards) for Children’s Theatre for Dr Egg and The Man with No Ear. As Creative Director of Dr Egg Digital/Adventure Lab Pty Ltd, she is currently developing it into an interactive storyworld on a range of digital platforms, featuring games, stories and an interactive online laboratory, The Dr Egg Adventures. The Dr Egg Adventures Laboratory Puzzle game was launched as an interactive book and puzzle game app on google play and apple stores in 2018, and as an online learning 'Sandbox’ Laboratory The Dr Egg Adventures Laboratory in 2021, which is currently being Piloted in Primary Schools.

R and D and early MVP’s were funded by the Literature Brd. and Inter-arts fund of the Australia Council. In 2013-14 she received an established writer New Work grant to write the full prose and interactive versions of The Dr Egg Adventures. In 2015 she travelled to SXSW in the US to explore immersive and interactive writing and production methodologies.

In 2016 she was awarded a space at the Macquarie University Incubator Hub, to develop the business to undertake commercialization of the first market products for the Dr Egg Adventures books, games and interactive online laboratory. A hardcopy book, has recently been put under contract with micro-publisher Tiny Owl Workshop in Brisbane. Most recently Adventure Lab/Dr Egg Digital has been awarded a Research and Development Grant from MQ Education Studies Department to produce STEM and AI digital education resources. Along with Dr Anne Forbes, educators, scientists and game developers, she produced two workshops for Science Week 2017 (Queenwood School) and 2018 (City of Sydney OOSH and Garvan Institute), featuring science puzzle game design and digital scriptwriting for science games.


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