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Christmas Island students monitor coral. Photo:Justin Gilligan

Christmas Island students monitor coral. Photo:Justin Gilligan

Tuesday 22 May 2012

New web resources boost WA marine environment education

Western Australia’s first integrated online marine science curriculum is being expanded.

Phase two of the Department of Fisheries’ MarineWATERs project, funded by Woodside Energy, provides resources for educators and students across Western Australia.

Manager, Community and Education, Michael Burke said the initial interactive website project was launched last year and had proved very popular.

“It connects educators and students with the tools they need to study WA’s unique marine ecosystems and address challenges to the sustainability of aquatic resources,” Mr Burke said.

“We are very pleased with phase two of the project that is being rolled out now, because it provides a range of new resources across all five modules for Kindergarten to Year 10. These resources include 14 additional lesson plans, plus new PowerPoint presentations and two new supplementary packages through the ‘In Depth’ and ‘Case Study’ series.” 

Mr Burke said MarineWATERs supported teachers through lesson plans, fact sheets and information on current and emerging issues, plus links to credible and relevant sources.

“The new ‘In Depth’ series aims to provide supplementary content for the lesson plans and draw together a range of facts, research and current issues,” he said.

“WA’s Leeuwin Current is the first ‘In Depth’ to be launched on MarineWATERs and will focus on how this vital ocean current is the driving force of the marine environment and has a significant impact on our State’s climate.”

“In the new ‘Case Study’ series we will look at specific issues, usually fishery related, in detail. The first ‘Case Study’ to go live will detail a monitoring project of a recent coral bleaching event by students at Christmas Island District High School.”

Mr Burke said resources would continue to be added to the Marine WATERs website throughout the year, with further lesson plans, posters, ‘In Depths’, ‘Case Studies’ and fact sheets still in the drafting, editorial or design phase.

“We are grateful to Woodside Energy’s partnership and the $300,000 in funding for the MarineWATERs project. It is part of the Department of Fisheries’ ongoing commitment to education about our State’s marine environment and aquatic resources,” Mr Burke said.

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