Water in our World is a day program in which students adopt the role of citizen scientists to investigate the possible causes of the decline in sea turtle populations in Moreton Bay. They observe different land uses and water flow of the Wellington Point or Manly Foreshore area and record these on a map.
On the program day, students rotate through three sessions: water testing and sea floor assessment on board our vessel, Inspiration; mangrove exploration and water testing onshore; and, school-organised survey land use and map water flow. Using scientific equipment and processes, students assess water quality and make comparisons at various sites.
Links are made between mangroves and the health of water in Moreton Bay. Post program, students analyse and evaluate scientific data and other observations to determine the most significant impact to the Moreton Bay turtle population. Students recommend suitable strategies to address these problems.
Geography – Unit 1 Water in the World
Geographical Knowledge and Understanding
Geographical Inquiry and Skills
Collecting, recording, evaluating and representing
Interpreting, analysing and concluding
Interpret geographical data and other information using qualitative and quantitative methods, and digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, to identify and propose explanations for spatial distributions, patterns and trends, and infer relationships (ACHGS051)
Apply geographical concepts to draw conclusions based on the analysis of the data and information collected (ACHGS052)
Reflecting and responding
Reflect on their learning to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social considerations, and predict the expected outcomes of their proposal (ACHGS054)
Critical and creative thinking
- Interpreting statistical information
Personal and social capability
All life forms, including human life, are connected through ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and survival
Actions for a more sustainable future reflect values of care, respect and responsibility, and require us to explore and understand environments
Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of environments
HASS Unit 2 ‘Water in the World’