HELLO, we are a friendly family run business!

Sherry

Hello, my name is Sherry and I am the original Professor JellyBean! EST. 2005


Fifteen years ago I created the Professor JellyBean science workshops and birthday parties. Since that time, I have engaged thousands (so many thousands) of children in really fun science activities. My goal way back then was simple: To foster children's natural curiosity and wonderment of the world around them; creating a rich and positive childhood memory.

My background in Art enabled me to create science activities that were truly unique and creative (Yes we do things quite differently here at Professor JellyBean). Additionally, having worked many years prior with children, I understood how important it would be for Professor JellyBean to communicate with children in a positive and empowering way. We also promise to be honest and fair.

(BTW: I do not have a science degree but this hasn't stopped Professor JellyBean getting down and dirty with the nitty gritty of science-we know all the cool sciencey stuff too!)

Over the years, Professor JellyBean has evolved and grown to become the #1 choice for  Teachers, the Outside School Hours Care sector and Families. Kids absolutely love our science activities and Professor JellyBean!

The best thing I love hearing from the children when they’ve had a day with Professor JellyBean:

“This is the best day of my life!”

I LOVE my job and I am extremely grateful for the many years I have worked "out in the field" with the children.  I have retired my Professor JellyBean lab coat for now, instead working in our office (yes, you'll most likely be chatting with me when you ring). I am still busy continually developing our workshops and our new stage show.

In 2018, I completed the Earth Charter Education for Sustainable Development course so that our work could continue to be relevant for our changing world. I think I will always search to find ways to reveal the wonders of our world with children because I just love their reactions to new experiences and the world around them.

Moving forward with Professor JellyBean, we will be building on our current incursion science activities to strengthen children’s understandings of Earth’s ecological systems and how they are personally tied into those systems--BUT still always making it all really fun and super, super cool!  

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marissa

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Hello, I'm Marissa and I've put on the lab coat and taken on the Professor JellyBean role for the past 10 years.

You'll see me entertaining the kids with our amazing science activities when I visit your school (primary & early child care),  OSHC centre or at your birthday party.


Prior to becoming Professor JellyBean, I worked in early childcare at Harmony Montessori. I absolutely loved my teaching role; seeing the children learn and grow. 

I have also spent time travelling and working in a remote African school. Volunteering while travelling has helped me to renew my commitment to teaching, my commitment to Earth and my commitment to what it means to be human.  

I have 2 young children now and they are the best little things ever! They are my“Mini Jelly Beans”


 The best thing I love hearing from the children when they’ve had a day with Professor JellyBean: 

“I thought science was boring, but this was awesome!”


PS: Here's a little secret about me, the original Professor JellyBean (Sherry) is my Mum! 

alicia

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Hello, my name is Alicia. I have been working at Professor JellyBean for 5 years.


When we visit primary schools or large early child care centres, I'll be the one working alongside  Professor JellyBean (Marissa), helping her out to make your day FANTASTIC.

That's not my only role though: I have undertaken the top secret advanced Professor JellyBean  training program, so I am honoured to say that I too wear the Professor Jellybean lab coat. I could be hosting your next Professor JellyBean science event! So excited to meet you!


I am a mum to 3 active and inquisitive children who have taught me the real values in life. My family is everything to me. 


  The coolest thing I've heard from children, especially the young girls, while working as Professor JellyBean:  "I want to be a scientist when I grow up"


PS: Here's my little secret. I recently married into the JellyBean family so now the other Professor JellyBean (Marissa) is my sister-in-law and Sherry (the original Professor JellyBean) is my mother-in-law. Gotta love a family business!

Our sustainability Policy

planet, people & the more than human world

We take what we do very seriously and in no way do we want our actions to compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. We acknowledge that sustainable development will be achieved through economic viability, environmental protection and social equity.


Ways we try to make a difference:

  • The total amount of energy used by our warehouse and office on an annual basis is equal to the amount of renewable energy created on  site. In most instances, we generate more renewable energy than we use. 
  • We offset our vehicle travel with Gold Standard Projects
  • Where possible, we source supplies that are sustainable, ethical and Australian Made (even if it means paying a little bit more, we're that committed!)
  • We minimise waste to landfill by refusing certain materials and brainstorm to discover new ways to do things.
  • We reduce the amount of paper we use in our office
  • We reuse materials/supplies where we can (makes a bit more work for us washing stuff, but hey, it's worth it!)
  • We actively promote recycling and the use of biodegradable/compostable products both internally and amongst our customers
  • We measure our impact on the environment and set targets for ongoing improvement.
  •  We offer training programs for our staff to raise awareness for sustainable development  and enlist their support in improving our performance. 
  • We offer FREE science workshops to specific non-profit children's organisations
  • Our personal lives are focused on living an enriching way of life that makes a positive impact on people and planet.

We support the Sustainable development goals

17 Goals to transform our world

 Professor JellyBean and all of its staff support the SDG's.


The following information and resources were obtained from the Sutainable Development Goals (SDG's) website. If you haven't visited this  amazing site, please check it out. There's lots of great information there:

The SDG's are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognise that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.   The Sustainable Development Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. 

Check out the SDG's BOOK CLUB & THE LAZY PERSON'S GUIDE TO SAVING THE WORLD

Guidelines for the use of the SDG's logos

Earth charter international

we have endorsed the earth charter

We have pledged to join the global partnership for a just, sustainable, and peaceful world and to work for the realisation of the values and principles of the Earth Charter. 

"Turning Conscience into Action"

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PROFESSOR JELLYBEAN SUPPORTS SOLUTIONS FOR EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY. WE SUPPORT SSN

 The Sustainable Schools Network is a group of responsible citizens from multi-disciplines coming together on the basis of a shared interest in education and sustainability.  Collectively, they see the need to CONNECT schools, teachers, students and communities to build partnerships for sustainable education. They intend to EDUCATE school communities to ensure the Australian Curriculum Cross-Curriculum Priority - Sustainability - is delivered in meaningful ways. 

Please read more information about the Sustainable Schools Network

Professor JellyBean's promise to you

WE aim to stay unique

 We have an extremely talented and experienced team working at Professor JellyBean. We have the most amazing brainstorming sessions to create our science activities in a way that have never been seen or experienced before. We always strive to be different in the most fun ways possible!

we aim for excellence in service

 We have an efficient booking system at our head office which ensures quality service at the initial stage. Our booking procedures are prompt and communicated clearly.

We are honest and friendly.
Professor JellyBean will help to make your science event a success: We’re here to make your job easy at a great price!

we aim to engage & educate

 Its way more fun when kids can get their hands into the gooey squishy stuff, which is why our science activities are 100% HANDS ON! 

It’s a sensory loaded experience for children of all ages (3 to 12 years of age). We present in a fun way with real learning outcomes  


we aim for sustainable practises

 It’s something we are passionate about and realise how important this is for future generations. We will continually find ways to ensure we follow sustainable practises. 

We aim to be a charitable business

 Professor JellyBean loves putting smiles on children’s faces and we love being in the position to help where we can.

WE aim to stay true to our promise

We value the relationship with our customers and we value your input. Tell us how we can do better.