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Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef

from Reef HQ Aquarium (Australia)

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Reef HQ is the Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef. The Introduction to the Great barrier Reef program gives students of all ages and learning abilities a unique environment to experience and learn about the Great Barrier Reef. This innovative education program is age-specific and allows students to work towards objectives outlined in school curriculum. All Reef Videoconferencing Programs are supported by our Reef Education web site www.reefed.edu.au

The Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef program is facilitated by a team of qualified educators, you and your students will:
1. Observe more than 5000 live sea creatures;
2. Experience the habitats, ecosystems and behaviour of reef creatures;
3. Analyse the interactions that exist between reef creatures;
4. Appreciate the requirements for a healthy ecosystem; and
5. Discover the latest in reef research.

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About This Program

Cost

By Request: $350.00



Length

60 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

None

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, however for optimal interactivity we suggest a class size of around 30 students


Primary Disciplines

Community Interests, Social Studies/History, Career Education, Sciences, Technology/Information Science, Problem Solving, Special Needs Ecology


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Zoom



Booking Information

We have facilitated many Reef Videoconferences into the US and the students have absolutely loved the experience. Please be aware of the time difference e.g. currently 7:00pm Eastern Time (9:00am Australian Time, the following day). Most schools have an evening where they invite parents and siblings along to view what students have been studying and making, and then have an overseas experience that everyone can go on! We have to do the Reef Videoconference during daylight hours here in Australia so that you can see the live video from the diver on the reef. Our time zone is Australia, Queensland (or Brisbane). USe http://www.timezoneconverter.com/ to find the right conversion.

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

About This Provider

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Reef HQ Aquarium (Australia)

Townsville, Queensland
Australia

Wherever you are in the world, experience the Great Barrier Reef through Reef Videoconferencing and Turtle Connections . During these fact-finding sessions, you will interact with highly experienced marine educators as your classroom is transported 'downunder' to Australia's national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef. It's easy to connect, and our helpful team will be happy to assist you with the pre-event testing to ensure you can access these unique teaching and learning experiences.

Contact:
Julie Spencer
education@gbrmpa.gov.au
+61 7 47500890

Program Details

Format

1. This program begins with the Dry Presenter who introduces participants to Reef HQ Aquarium and the Great Barrier Reef.
2. Wet Presenter (Scuba Diver) takes participants on a virtual dive in the coral reef. This part of the program takes about 25 minutes.
3. Dry Presenter is available to answer more questions while Wet Presenter get out and into the Predator Tank with sharks and other reef predators.
4. Program conludes in the Predator tank with the wet presenter for another 25 minutes.

Objectives

The Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef program provides students with an opportunity to:
1. Observe more than 5000 live sea creatures;
2. Experience the habitats, ecosystems and behaviour of reef creatures;
3. Analyse the interactions that exist between reef creatures;
4. Appreciate the requirements for a healthy ecosystem; and
5. Discover the latest in reef research.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NS.K-4 Life Science
As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understanding of

The characteristics of organisms
Life cycles of organisms
Organisms and environments

NS.5-8 Life Science
As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of

Structure and function in living systems
Regulation and behavior
Populations and ecosystems
Diversity and adaptations of organisms

NS.9-12 Life Science
As a result of their activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop understanding of

Biological evolution
Interdependence of organisms
Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
Behavior of organisms

NSS-G.K-12.5 ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
As a result of activities in grades K-12, all students should

Understand how human actions modify the physical environment.
Understand how physical systems affect human systems.
Understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources.