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’
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
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!