Students put their marine science skills to the test

MONARO High School students had the chance to experience first hand the impacts of marine debris recently.

Marine Education Officer Jillian Riethmuller from the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, based in Eden, delivered the exciting new marine science education program recently and by all accounts the students embraced the concept.

Students were able to discuss the issue of marine debris and investigate the sources and impacts through interactive science activities and experiments.

Using sorting techniques and data tallying, students develop a better understanding of some of the ways that scientists analyse marine debris.

Students also participated in the 'Murder in the Depths' Program, where students use laboratory equipment, test water conditions and soil samples, conduct species identification, and use observational and analytical thinking skills to compile a scientific report and thus, solve the murder mystery.

Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre continues to receive support from The Australian National University, which contributes significant funds to cover delivery costs, which enables children from across the region to take advantage of these innovative teaching methods.

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