600 million years in 60 seconds


Years 9-10
Terms 1-4 Monday–Friday
Maximum 30 students


School programs and resources

Information for teachers

This activity works best for students in Years 9 to 10 and takes place in the 600 Million Years: Victoria Evolves exhibition. Schools are required to BYOD (Bring your own device).

Using a movie-making app on their own devices, students are encouraged to look deeply at big ideas using the real fossil evidence in the gallery, and teach others through their video clip. In this way, the students must do more than simply read the exhibition labels. They need to understand and reinterpret the evidence so that it makes sense to future viewers of their film.

Organise your students into teams prior to coming on-site to visit the 600 Million Years: Victoria Evolves exhibition, and allocate them one of the 10 missions. Presenter, camera-person and director roles can be assigned.

Information for students

Work in a team of three.

Go into the 600 Million Years: Victoria Evolves exhibition at Melbourne Museum. Find your location on your “mission map” – your teacher will have allocated one mission to your team.

Your mission

Using your mobile phone, create a 60-second movie incorporating the topic from your mission to inform, entertain and inspire your fellow students back at school. Be creative, be brave and have fun!

Curriculum links

Level 9 to 10 Biological Science

  • The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence.
  • Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations.