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Cross Curricular & Stem Programs


Human Impacts on Marine Environments

Choose to focus on one impact, or a combination of:

  • Climate change and ocean acidification
  • Introduced and range extension species
  • Marine plastic pollution and microplastics
  • Fishing, harvesting and marine farming


Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROV) STEM project

Students learn about how robotic technology is increasing our understanding of marine science.  Investigate autonomous and remotely controlled underwater vehicles and drones. 

  • Design, build, test and evaluate an underwater ROV
  • Use the commercial ROV on board RV Penghana


Underwater Movie Making

Use GoPros and remotely operated underwater vehicles to film a range of marine life and marine habitats.  Depending on time available, make a short movie on the day or take the footage back to school to produce your movie clips.

If taking files back to school, please bring a very large USB or portable hard drive for student files.


Fishing for the Future

Investigate aquaculture, commercial fishing and recreational fishing in Tasmania.

  • fishing and marine farming methods
  • legislation such as catch limits, environmental permits and licences
  • multitrophic aquaculture
  • recreational fishing
  • indigenous fishing

On board RV Penghana choose from

  • Marine farming and abiotic water quality indicators
  • Recreational fishing


Dangerous Animals

Investigate a range of marine animals that can be dangerous to humans.  We discuss a range of toxins and how marine animals have adapted to use these as defence or for capturing prey.  We consider our relationship with dangerous marine animals and look at first aid options for encounters with these dangerous marine animals.


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 Licence (additional licence fee applies).  Please contact Secondary Coordinator for more information.

Note: maximum of 20 students. 

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