AMMCF offers three 60 minute Primary School incursions, which are tailored to our next generation of budding marine biologists and conservation enthusiasts!
These programs (aimed at Grades 5 & 6) are delivered in the classroom by real researchers, who are experienced in tackling complex and difficult science and conservation issues in a positive manner, focused on inspiring young students. Programs can also be adjusted to meet the needs of younger year levels.
We currently offer five incursions covering Ecosystems; Food Webs; Adaptation; Bin Not Bay/Litter Free Lakes/Bin Not Beach; and Sustainability in a Changing World.
In addition to the ASEP program, we also offer a more general outreach incursion which includes interactive information about our amazing marine mammals; whales, dolphins and seals; fun games that highlight conservation and environmental issues and hands-on displays, including real dolphin skulls. We talk about identifying dolphins by the nicks and notches on the dorsal fins, share interesting facts about different whale and dolphin species, what they eat, what we can see right in our own watery backyard.
If you would like more information or to book in for any of our programs below, please email email@example.com or complete our enquiry form.
Our ‘Adaptations’ program, allows students to experience working as junior scientists by looking at dolphin evolution with specific reference towards dolphin and animal adaptations.
We look at what exactly is an adaptation is and how different animals have different adaptations in order to best suit their environment. By comparing dolphin behaviours and physical structures to other marine and terrestrial animals we show the students how to differentiate between behavioural and structural adaptations.
Our presentation will have a strong emphasis on the marine environment, while discussing how physical conditions can impact on species’ survival, how adaptations allow animals to survive in extreme environments such as Antarctica or a desert and how effects of physical conditions cause behaviours such as migration in dolphin populations.
During our first practical component students will gain hands on experience, while having fun participating in an adaptation activity. This will teach the students how adaptations can affect the survival rate of animals and how environmental pressures can determine reproductive success. Our second practical allows students to use their imagination and apply their knowledge towards creating their very own animal made specifically for their chosen environments. Learning through creativity and imagination!
Our ‘Ecosystems’ program is designed to give primary school students a solid foundation in the science of natural ecosystems.
We discuss what an ecosystem is and give examples of simple different types of ecosystem in nature, look at what ecosystems are comprised of (physical and non-physical factors) and examine interactions between animals and their environment.
We also introduce the concept of human induced environmental changes and how different types of changes can impact on marine ecosystems.
During the practical component, students participate in a fun and interactive, hands on activity where they design their own ecosystem, design changes to this ecosystem and then independently alter the creatures in the ecosystem to reflect these changes.
Food Chains/Food Webs
Our ‘Food Webs’ program allows students to begin their understanding on the feeding interactions between organisms within ecosystems.
We focus on these interactions by looking at how they manipulate food chains and webs. We look at a marine food web and learn about the different trophic levels. The students will also be taught about the food pyramid and how environmental changes, both human and natural, can alter the food pyramid therefore affecting a number of different species in the ecosystem.
During the first practical component, the interactive nature of ecosystems will be demonstrated through an interactive activity. The second practical component will allow students to get hands-on experience on altering a marine food pyramid
Sustainability in a Changing World
Our ‘Sustainability in a Changing World’ program introduces the concept and meaning of sustainability, the short and long-term impacts we as humans are having on our planet and the long term concerns facing us if we don’t “make a change”.
This program raises awareness of sustainability at all levels – ecosystem, global and into the future. As this topic can be a little overwhelming for students, we focus on the positives and enable a sense of stewardship. We stand by the motto “It only takes one drop to start a waterfall!”.
During the practical component, students are asked to be creative and come up with their own ideas of simple sustainable solutions to an environmental issue and/or use their imaginations to invent a new technology that makes a difference.
Bin not Bay; Litter Free Lakes and Bin Not Beach – Marine Environment Litter Program
Through interactive education and key action initiatives for schools and the community, we aim to reduce litter impact on the marine environment and the Burrunan dolphin….our very own new dolphin species only found in their watery backyard… The Marine Environment Litter Program is tailored for your local area (Port Phillip Bay; Gippsland Lakes and coastal Victoria), the areas which we conduct our applied research and see major human induced litter threats.
Litter and waste is a significant threat to marine mammals. New research estimates as much as 12.7 million metric tons of plastic waste is entering our oceans annually! Each year thousands of animals become entangled and ingest plastic waste which can result in death. There is so much more that can be done to minimise these alarming figures.
Our program provides key action initiatives for people to reduce the impact of litter on the newly discovered Burrunan dolphins and on the marine environment as a whole. Our presentations provide simple take home actions that will make a difference to the Burrunan dolphin and all the species that share their habitat. Our interactive presentation includes marine mammal facts, information on our current conservation research, correct litter disposal and recycling methods and consumer choice opportunities, intermingled with games, underwater video and images.
Litter clean-up activities can also be organised as a part of the program delivery, including AMMCF Next Gen Champions, for those wanting to be involved on a regular basis in their local area.