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.
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.
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!”
activities that were planned were insanely fantastic!”
really looking forward to the next round of STEM Horizons programs in Semester