Go with the Flow is a full-day program exploring the Wynnum Creek catchment down to Moreton Bay.
The program focuses on the sustainability of our water resources by immersing students in the catchment of Wynnum Creek and following its course until it meets the ocean waters of Moreton Bay. As ‘Aquatic Scientists,’ students are asked to ascertain the importance of water to all living things and to the environment. Students progress along the creek studying and conducting experiments on the water, the plant and animal life and also collect samples from three main sites. By working as scientists, students create hypotheses, take measurements, catch and classify minibeasts and locate human impacts in the catchment.
As the program progresses, students developing an understanding of how water flows through a catchment and what might impede this flow. By observing patterns in the data results and many changes to the creek bed and its surrounding banks, students ascertain the ongoing impacts that put pressure on the creek and the water within it and pose ideas as to what may have caused these impacts. Returning to the Environmental Education Centre, students study their creek samples under microscopes and conduct a visual study of the litter collected.
Throughout the day, students are asked to be active learners in their catchment studies. They participate in hands-on experiential learning, allowing them to implement science onto the world around them. Students are asked to continuously pose questions and hypotheses and share insights from their results through the use of ‘thinking hats’ throughout the day. This leads to a final reflection on our role and potential actions that would help to protect our vital water sources.
- Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (ACSSU030)
Earth and space sciences
- Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)
Science as a Human Endeavour
Nature and development of science
- Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE034)
Use and influence of science
- People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)
Science Inquiry Skills
Questioning and predicting
- Pose and respond to questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS037)
Planning and conducting
- Participate in guided investigations to explore and answer questions (ACSIS038)
- Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables and through discussion, compare observations with predictions (ACSIS040)
All life forms, including human life, are connected through ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and
Actions for a more sustainable future reflect values of care, respect and responsibility, and require us to explore and
Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of
Critical and creative thinking- identify and clarify information and ideas, and organise and process information.
Ethical understanding- exploring ethical concepts in context.
C2C: Science Unit 4 ‘Save Planet Earth’