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Year 7-10 Programs



Marine Animal Classification and Food Webs

Hands on classification activities with live animals to investigate the similarities and differences between groups of marine organisms and how they fit into marine food webs.

Science Curriculum link – Year 7 There are differences within and between groups of organisms: (ACSSU111)
Science Curriculum link – Year 7 Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs; human can affect these interactions (ACSSU112)


Fishing for the Future

Aquaculture is a major industry in Tasmania and food security is of ever increasing importance with exponentially expanding population. We take the RV Penghana to a fish farm lease and discuss some of the ways aquaculture systems operate and learn about scientific data collection for water quality testing.

Science Curriculum link – Year 7 Some of earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)


Body Structures and Cells

Focusing on cells and body organs, students investigate the physiological adaptations of marine animals that allow them to survive underwater such as gills, sensory organs and reproductive strategies. Use microscopes to view plankton and discuss cell differences between phytoplankton and zooplankton.

Science Curriculum link – Year 8 Multi-cellular organisms contain systems of organs that carry out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce (ACSSU150) Cells are the basic units of living things; they have specialised structures and functions (ACSSU149)



We discuss how different rock type causes different types of sand and sediment and high energy and low energy coasts. Use the Van Veen Grab on board RV Penghana to take sediment samples from the sea floor of the channel and use the remotely controlled underwater vehicle to conduct a seafloor survey.

Science Curriculum link – Year 8 Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by processes that occur within Earth over a variety of timescales (ACSSU153)


Marine Ecosystems and Human Impacts 

Discussion on biotic and abiotic factors of marine ecosystems and the complex balance of marine ecosystem dynamics. Case studies include the long-spined sea urchin, Northern Pacific Sea Star, and the changes in the East Australian Current.

Science Curriculum link – Year 9 Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment: matter and energy flow through these systems (ACSSU176).


Marine Animal Body Systems

Students investigate the physiological adaptations of marine animals that allow them to survive underwater. Students will be able to hold live animals and compare and contrast different phyla.

Science Curriculum link – Year 9 Multi-cellular organisms rely on coordinated and interdependent internal systems to respond to changes to their environment (ACSSU175)


DNA and Natural Selection

Using a case study of  jellyfish blooms, we examine the life cycle of jellyfish to discuss meiosis and mitosis (sexual and asexual reproduction) and how natural selection may favour jellyfish with some human induced changes to the ocean ecosystem.

Additional options:

  • Genetic technology in aquaculture
  • eDNA to track the virus implicated in Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome and other introduced pest species
Science Curriculum link – Year 10 The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence (ACSSU185).


Ocean Acidification and Climate Change

Study the carbon cycle in relation ocean acidification and climate change, as well as understanding why the east coast of Tasmania is warming at a higher rate than the global average.  Practical experiments involving ocean chemistry and physical oceanography.

Science Curriculum link – Year 10 Different types of chemical reactions are used to produce a range of products and can occur at different rates (ACSSU187). Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. (ACSSU189)
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