Adaptation Agents is an engaging biology program that allows students to explore specific plant and animal adaptations in two different ecosystems.
Starting a Lion's Park, Boyne Island, the students are sent on a mission to explore the Mangroves and the Freshwater Pond.
Mangroves Session – Student are taken on a muddy journey to explore the three key mangrove species of the local area. The interactive experience allows them to learn about specific adaptations to survive in the harsh, salty conditions as well as connect with the organisms that live in the habitat. A hose is provided at the end of the session to wash away excess mud.
Freshwater Pond – This interactive activity allows students to determine the water quality of the pond based on the water bugs present in the water. After collecting bug samples from the pond, student use microscopes, ipads and a dichotomies key to identify the species of bug based on it's features. Once identified, students research the water sensitivity level of the bug to determine the quality of the water as well discover the many adaptations the waterbug has to survive.
*This program depends on favourable tides and may not be available on your preferred days. BIEEC staff will guide you for suitable times.
Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043).
Science as a Human Endeavour
Nature and development of science
Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena (ACSHE081).
Science Inquiry Skills
Questioning and predicting
- With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations (ACSIS231).
Planning and conducting
Processing and analysing data and information
Identify, plan and apply the elements of scientific investigations to answer questions and solve problems using equipment and materials safely and identifying potential risks (ACSIS086)
- Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS218).
Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways (ACSIS093).
- Critical and Creative Thinking
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
OI.2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities maintain a special connection to and responsibility for Country/Place.
OI.5 World views are formed by experiences at personal, local, national and global levels, and are linked to individual and community actions for sustainability.
OI.5 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' ways of life are uniquely expressed through ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing.