Hastings Secondary College, Westport Campus has devised a range of programs which build students' capacity in digital literacies, inspiring them as learners of today and for the future. We are aiming to increase student engagement and real-world learning experience in the Marine and Aquaculture Technology Courses. Building our resources, in particular upgrading a classroom into a specialist Marine Science STEM Lab with cutting-edge technologies for fieldwork and excursions.
Three dedicated and passionate marine studies teachers are highly motivated to provide more active learning opportunities for young people to discover and appreciate the marine environment and gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by human impact on our coasts and ocean.
Introducing Westport Marine Science STEM Lab
The Westport Marine Science STEM Lab project will create and deliver an engaging and specialised learning space, dedicated to studying all aspects of the marine environment and the interconnectedness between Australia and global environments.
•Facilities in the STEM Lab will include a marine laboratory, aquarium display, an aquaponics fish farm facility, a Virtual Reality learning space, an Augmented Reality Bathymetry Sandbox, a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and marine equipment such as snorkeling and fishing gear.
•Equipment for students we aim to have available in the Marine Science STEM Lab would include water testing kits, snorkeling equipment, and fishing gear. Opportunities would include SCUBA diving, coastal excursions and fieldwork camps, boat handling with externally recognised qualifications, aquaponics and fish breeding.
•Marine Science STEM Lab would have several aquariums dedicated to different ecosystems including mangroves, corals, local ecosystem, jellyfish and a touch tank. Further, approximately ten research tanks devoted to the students for use in their various student research projects.
•Student research projects into the future may include; the effects of pollution on marine organisms, the impact of development on coastal habitats or developing new technologies to combat contemporary environmental issues such as microplastics.
With your generous support roll-out of the Marine Science, STEM Lab resources will commence from January 2019.
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