Project Description

The Power of the Deep Blue

The oceans provide humans many resources, and are home to thousands of species of living things. Learn about the power of the deep blue and the challenges involved in harnessing that power, and what lives beneath the surface in our special 2020 Science Week workshop.

  • Level: Available in a junior and middle/senior school format.

  • Duration: Available in a 60 or 90 minute format. For level 1-6 we recommend a 90 minute format if budget and timetabling constraints allow.

  • Numbers: Each workshop can cater to a maximum of 30 children. However, smaller groups have better access to equipment and the facilitator.

This topic is available in both a Junior and Senior version.

See below or Click Here for details on the Junior version of this workshop.

Senior Version – Level 3 to Level 6

Learning Outcomes

  • Living things in the ocean have specific adaptations that allow them to live in the different ecosystems found in the ocean.

  • Humans use the living things found in the oceans as resources, and this is referred to as aquaculture.

  • Human activity affects the well-being of living things in the oceans, and can affect the balance of the ecosystems.

  • The ocean is a source of huge amounts of renewable energy, including wind and tidal energy.

  • Wind, tidal and wave energy is generated by using the forces of nature to spin turbines and produce electricity.

  • Renewable energy sources can be a way to provide energy to humans with less impact on the environment.

  • There are unique challenges involved with building large infrastructure in or on the ocean.

Activities

  • Matching living things to their ocean environment by considering how their physicals adaptations are affected by the features of their environment.

  • Demonstration of how an oil spill can impact the living things in the area, and how long these effects last.

  • Discussion of the types of energy available in the oceans, and where they can be found most abundantly.

  • Exploration of turbines and how they are used in generators.

  • Exploration of material properties, and how this would affect what could be built in the ocean.

90 minute workshops also include these activities:

  • Testing the impact of ocean acidification on living things that have shells.

  • Demonstration of the forces involved in oceanic currents, such as the East Australia Current.

Curriculum Links

  • Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

  • Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075)

  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSSU076)

  • Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077)

  • Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources (ACSSU097)

  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use (ACSSU074)

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)

Junior Version – Foundation to Level 2

Learning Outcomes

  • There are different types of ecosystems in the ocean and the types of living things found in them are different.

  • Humans use the living things found in the oceans for a variety of purposes.

  • Human activity affects the well-being of living things in the oceans.

  • The ocean is a source of huge amounts of renewable energy, including wind and tidal energy.

  • Renewable energy sources can be a way to provide energy to humans with less impact on the environment.

Activities

  • Matching living things to their ocean environment by looking at their physical features.

  • Demonstration of how an oil spill can impact the living things in the area, and how long these effects last.

  • Demonstration of a turbine and how it is used to generate electricity.

  • Making a simple windmill to learn about wind turbine design.

  • Exploration of material properties and how that affects what can be built in the ocean.

90 minute workshops also include these activities:

  • Testing the impact of ocean acidification on living things that have shells.

  • Completing a life cycle puzzle and discussing the similarities and differences between living things from the ocean and from the land.

  • Demonstration of the forces involved in oceanic currents, such as the East Australia Current.

Curriculum Links

  • Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)

  • Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211)

  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (ACSSU030)

  • Different materials can be combined for a particular purpose (ACSSU031)

  • Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape (ACSSU019)

  • Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)

  • A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape (ACSSU033)

  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022)

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SCHOOL FEEDBACK

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Children thoroughly enjoyed the day. Age and topic appropriate. Children were thoroughly engaged. Great session!

June 10, 2015

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Sensational – couldn’t have asked for more. Very knowledgeable presenter.

August 19, 2019

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Great experiments that we could do again in the classroom. Students were very excited and engaged throughout the whole session. Suitable experiments for Prep aged children… Great price, and great that all resources were provided!

December 10, 2014

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