Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre is currently offering the Moreton Bay Studies program as a virtual field trip to support learning@home. This program supports the QCAA Biology Senior Syllabus, Unit 3, Biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life.
Students use a stratified sampling process to conduct an ecological survey of sites in Moreton Bay. Moreton Bay Studies allows completion of the Unit 3 mandatory practicals while developing a deep understanding of unit outcomes.
The extensive suite of resources includes video, student booklet, data sets for analysis together with learning sequences. Resources are distributed through OneNote Classroom or other negotiated platform. Video is housed on SharePoint for Education Queensland schools and/or Moreton Bay EEC’s YouTube channel to allow easy access. MBEEC staff will conduct an online professional development session for biology teachers to orientate them with the resource package and study context. There is also an opportunity for MBEEC staff to conduct a blended online session using Collaborate and OneNote directly to your students.
A video glide transect and sediment grab are used to determine benthic habitat and ecosystem classification. Baited Remote Underwater Video methodology collects data on fish distribution and abundance.
Students are supported through statistical analysis of the data – Simpson’s biodiversity, correlation matrix and graphing with error bars, T-tests and evaluation of the ecological sampling techniques.
The program also supports the following assessment:
- IA1: Data test - data is available to assist with the formulation of this assessment.
- IA2: Student experiment - students will be able to collect their own primary data (either individually or in groups). Students create an individual research question to modify the experiment.
If you wish to take this opportunity or require further information, please contact Moreton Bay EEC.