In­ves­ti­gat­ing the reef

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE -

THERE are some things that just can’t be taught in the class­room.

This is why Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege se­nior bi­ol­ogy and physics stu­dents took a trip to the Great Bar­rier Reef on March 7 to ap­ply their sci­en­tific in­ves­ti­ga­tion skills.

The trip of­fered a prac­ti­cal el­e­ment to bi­ol­ogy stu­dents in­ves­ti­gat­ing ecosys­tems and how they are af­fected by hu­mans.

Physics stu­dents in­ves­ti­gated the re­la­tion­ship be­tween pres­sure, depth and gases.

Peter Far­rell from Reef Sa­fari walked the stu­dents through a pre­sen­ta­tion on ecosys­tems and the reef, which in­formed their in­ves­ti­ga­tions and stim­u­lated dis­cus­sion on a range of is­sues, in­clud­ing coral bleach­ing.

The knowl­edge gained from the pre­sen­ta­tion helped the stu­dents through prac­ti­cal tasks such as wa­ter ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and the use of large equip­ment to col­lect and an­a­lyse data.

Stu­dents were also able to record some of their data us­ing sports cam­eras to take back to the lab for anal­y­sis.

De­spite the hard work stu­dents also man­aged to find plenty of time to soak up the beau­ti­ful ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment with a recre­ational snorkelling ac­tiv­ity to con­clude the trip to the reef.


BEAUTY: Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege bi­ol­ogy stu­dent Brooke Evans ap­plied her skills at the reef.

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