Cross Curricular & Stem Programs
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. We look at the mechanism of arrival for introduced species (such as ballast water and the extension of the East Australian Current). We also look at research from IMAS on possibilities for reducing impact of introduced species.
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.
The global epidemic of plastic. What is the problem, what is the cause and what are the solutions? Can technology play a role in reducing this global problem? 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 why different types of marine debris take so long to disintegrate. Microplastics are examined in relation to biomagnification in food chains.
Students work through practical and theory sessions to receive their Provisional Boat Licence (12-17 Years). Theory sessions cover all material from MAST Boat Safe handbook. Practical instruction and assessment is on board the Marine Discovery Centre’s aluminium dinghy Oyster Catcher. There is a small cost per student. Please contact Secondary Programs Coordinator for more information.
Multi-Day Marine Science Course
Choose from a 2, 3 or 4 day program incorporating marine ecology in temperate waters including foreshore ecology study and benthic dredge; physical oceanography and climate modelling; features and adaptations of marine organisms; and human impacts on marine environments. During this course, students will be involved in completing a research investigation on an aspect of marine science. They will collect and analyse data, contributing to citizen science projects and also our Channel Monitoring Project. Foreshore ecology study on Snake Island is included. We can also arrange a presentation from IMAS scientists. Note: Depending on the year level and curriculum focus, a program will be developed to meet the learning needs of your students. This program works best with a maximum of 20 students.