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Frogs up close (3-4)

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels
Outreach

Background

Frogs are quite remarkable creatures, from their adaptations to their lifecycle they are a great animal for students to investigate

Note: Can be taught as a previsit, post visit or stand alone program.


Learning Intentions

In this program, students will:

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Green Chemistry

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

As the population on Earth continues to grow, the demand and pressure on resources will increase. Whether it be energy, water, food or shelter, as a society we need to move to a more sustainable approach of the use of these resources.

In this program students will explore the chemistry of some common products such as cleaning agents and plastics including some sustainably resourced materials that can be used as alternatives.

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Space Junk

Ecolinc
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Managing waste has become a critical issue in Australia and around the world. Now we are facing another waste crisis, that of what to do with the rubbish in left in space and on the moon

Space debris is also known as orbital debris, space junk, space waste, space trash, space litter or space garbage.

More than 500,000 pieces of debris, or “space junk,” are tracked as they orbit the Earth. They all travel at speeds up to 17,500 mph, fast enough for a relatively small piece of orbital debris to damage a satellite or a spacecraft.

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Fair Dinkum Fossils

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

One hundred million years ago, parts of Australia lay under ancient inland seas alive with marine reptiles, while prehistoric creatures roamed the land. Given Australia’s geographic isolation many of Australia’s dinosaurs evolved as unique species adapted to extreme conditions.

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Marsupial Milk

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Milk is vital for the survival of all infant mammals. Marsupials & monotremes are unique in that they are born extremely undeveloped and reside in the mother's pouch during early development. During pouch life they are almost entirely reliant on mother's milk for nutrition. They then exit the pouch and feed on a combination of milk and solid foods until weaning. To cater for the changing needs of the young, the composition of marsupial milk changes significantly as the joey grows.

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The Aark

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

This is a scenario based program.

Climate change has suddenly kicked in. A cataclysmic climate event has occurred; massive floods are predicted and sea levels are rising.

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Seeds from schools

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels
Outreach

Background

The Seeds from Schools program arises from the Seeds from the Streets project that was developed by Victoria University. This project was founded on the identified need for an abundant source of seed that could be used for native grassland restoration projects in the west of Melbourne, without overharvesting from naturally occurring plant populations.

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Solar houses

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels
Outreach

Background

Most of the electricity in Victoria comes from burning brown coal. Coal is a fossil fuel so this produces vast quantities of Carbon dioxide which is contributing to climate change. The answer lies in finding renewable sources of energy to provide us with electricity. One such source is solar power.


Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge necessary.

Note: This is a stand-alone program for schools unable to undertake the Ecolinc Saving Energy onsite program.


Learning Intentions

In this program students will:

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Adaptations of macroinvertebrates

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels
Outreach

Background

Animals and plants have certain features and behaviors that help them to survive in their environment. These are called adaptations. These can either be structural or behavioral. Structural adaptations are physical features of an organism like the bill on a bird or the fur on a bear. Other adaptations are behavioral. Behavioral adaptations are the things organisms do to survive. For example, bird calls and migration are behavioral adaptations.

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More minibeasts

Ecolinc
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

The term ‘minibeasts’ covers a wide range of small animal species including macroinvertebrates found in the Ecolinc wetland and compost minibeasts living in the Ecolinc compost bins. 
 
Sampling and identifying minibeasts provides opportunities for students to observe a range of animal species, features, behaviours, habitat and dietary requirements and interrelationships.

Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

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