Students make a splash for science week
National Science Week had a marine focus at Exmouth District High School, with a team of Ningaloo Outlook researchers teaching students about reef conservation.
Team members from marine research program Ningaloo Outlook visited the school’s Year 10 students on August 15 to run a chemistry-oriented lab into shallow reefs and a simulated deep reef survey using an autonomous underwater vehicle, a small programmable submarine, in the local pool.
Ningaloo Outlook deep reefs lead research scientist Russ Babcock said while it was more advanced marine science work than that of most high schools, it was important to increase community awareness of marine conservation work by making it exciting and interesting for students.
“What we’re doing with Ningaloo Outlook is trying to not only do some new science and find out new things that people can use to try to protect Ningaloo Reef, but also to make sure the whole community is aware of what we’re doing and are as well-informed as possible about the discoveries we’re making,” he said.
“And part of that is working with people, with kids in schools, so they have a basic understanding of the sorts of things we do.”
The Ningaloo Outlook researchers also surveyed the reef and gave a presentation on their year of deep reef research at the Novotel Ningaloo Resort during their time in town.
Ningaloo Outlook team members and Exmouth District High School students with the autonomous underwater vehicle they tested at the local pool during National Science Week.