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Cross Curricular & Stem Programs


Foreshore Ecology

Take the RV Penghana to uninhabited Snake Island and other sites around the channel to conduct a foreshore ecology study. Students will learn how scientists use sampling and measuring techniques to collect data in the field. Understand adaptations of animals living in the intertidal zone. Note – because this program involves the whole group travelling on board RV Penghana, there is a maximum number of 20 students.



Introduced Marine Pests

Students learn about Tasmania’s unique bioregions and the introduced pest species that have been having a negative impact on these areas.  Includes benthic dredge, and case studies from biosecurity.  



Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROV) STEM project

Students learn about how robotic technology is increasing our understanding of marine science. They design, build, test and evaluate an underwater ROV. We also go out on RV Penghana to use our commercial grade ROV.



Marine Debris and Microplastics

The global epidemic of plastic. What is the problem, what is the cause and what are the solutions? Students investigate where plastic in our ocean originated and how it is dispersed due to winds and ocean currents. We discuss the chemical composition of plastic and microplastics in marine food chains.  



Boat Licence

Students work through practical and theory sessions to receive their Provisional Boat Licence. Theory sessions cover all material from MAST Boat Safe handbook. Practical instruction and assessment is on board the Marine Discovery Centre’s powerboat Oyster Catcher. A small additional fee may apply.  Please contact Secondary Programs Coordinator for more information.



Multi-Day Marine Science Course

Choose from a 2, 3 or 4 day marine ecology program, including foreshore study and benthic dredge; physical oceanography and climate modelling; features and adaptations of marine organisms; marine robotics; and human impacts on marine environments.  Students will collect and analyse data, contributing to citizen science projects and also our Channel Monitoring Project.  

Can include Provisional Boat License (a small additional fee may apply).  Please contact Secondary Coordinator for more information.

Note: This program works best with a maximum of 20 students. 

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