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STEM Horizons for High Achievers - Year 7

​Using marine navigation tools to discover seagrass beds in Moreton Bay on board Inspiration.
The first of the STEM Horizons for High Achievers Year 7 programs for 2018 have been conducted on board the Moreton Bay Environmental Centre’s vessel Inspiration on beautiful Quandamooka. STEM knowledge and skills were enhanced as students manipulated state of the art technology conducting seagrass surveys with underwater video gliders, investigating the seagrass meadows that are an integral part of Moreton Bay. Students deployed Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUVs) to record the presence of larger species allowing analysis of the links between water quality, seagrass beds and the distribution and abundance of fish, sharks and crabs.
A highlight of the STEM Horizons for High Achievers program is the opportunity to engage with scientists - students work alongside STEM practitioners while learning about their research and STEM journeys.  Year 7 students worked with marine researcher David Brewer who consults on sustainable use and management of marine and coastal environments.  Dave is passionate about making a real difference to the way we manage our marine environment and resources to ensure their long-term health and sustainability.
Sheridan Rabbitt, Manager of the University of Queensland’s Moreton Bay Research Station, spoke to students about her PhD research considering the contribution of women to food security and fisheries management in the Solomon Islands. Concurrently Sheridan is conducting research on seahorses in Moreton Bay. American scientific illustrator Taylor Maggiacomo shared her images and story about combining her two interests of science and art. Taylor’s goal is to make scientific research beautiful as well as approachable through images that can engage and educate a variety of audiences and gave students an insight into the myriad of opportunities in the STEM communication field.
Some STEM student feedback:
“I liked the interactivity with the activities, it was really engaging!”
“This was an awesome experience today!”
“The activities that were planned were insanely fantastic!”
We are really looking forward to the next round of STEM Horizons programs in Semester 2!