A real-life marine STEM problem-solving session

Exactly how many dolphins reside in Port Phillip?

Using design-based thinking, students will investigate and attempt to solve how we can ‘count’ the number of dolphins that reside in Port Phillip.

A real-life marine STEM problem that wildlife managers face when trying to determine how best to conserve our wildlife.

How would you estimate the number of dolphins that reside in Port Phillip?

Key understandings

Being marine mammals, dolphins are difficult species to study. How can we identify individuals to identify them? How does dolphin behaviour help or hinder identification? And exactly how big is Port Phillip, and what problems do we have to overcome?

The important stuff

Audience: Upper Primary school and Secondary school students

Time: At least 90-minutes

Delivery: Incursion (at your venue so no bus bookings required)

Cost: contact us for more details

No. of students: You’ll have students who just can’t make it on the day. So, rather than charge per head, pay for a class (min 25 students, maximum 30)

Resources required: creativity, laughter, large paper sheets, coloured pens, and sticky notes. Let’s have fun and solve this real-life STEM challenge together.

Technology not essential but can be of assistance.

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