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Impact Excursion

26/10/2016

Last week a group of Mayfield Students had the opportunity to attend a wonderful excursion to Moreton Bay and surrounding areas. Twelve students across Grades 4- 6 who have recently participated in an online Impact Project – Greenzone, were able to put their scientific inquiry skills to work in a real life marine environment.

With the assistance of Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre staff students participated in a range of activities on board the marine vessel Inspiration. These included scientific tests such as water depth, temperature, and salinity, wind direction and speed, analysing data and making predictions and incredible activities such as plankton collection and identification. This by far was one of the most enjoyable activities of the day with many students riveted by their water samples and identifying plankton types with their individual microscopes. These were then taken to the large microscope attached to a display screen where photos and videos were taken of the students’ findings. We were all enthralled by the amazing microscopic creatures, including fish, shrimp, jellyfish and starfish larvae and some particularly interesting ‘spider like’ plankton species.

The test results and findings along with underwater camera recordings of fish sightings will be used further in the next few weeks during online web conferences during Green Zone Impact lessons.

Congratulations to all the students who participated for their putting their knowledge and skills into action and working together as true investigative scientists. What a wonderful day of science and fun!

Mrs Bromhead

 
 

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