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Primary school travel program

If your school is more than 1.5 hours away from the Marine Discovery Centre we can come to you!

Our primary teacher can bring a portable touch tank of live invertebrate animals, an aquarium of assorted marine animals, microscopes to look at plankton, and a number of learning and art activities for K-6 classes.

Typically the travel show is set up in a spare classroom or GP room and can stay there for a number of days. Each class is provided with a two period block of time. The MDC primary teacher takes each class through the lessons. The price of the visit varies from school to school due to fuel costs, the number of days required to be at the school, if accommodation is required for the MDC teacher, and the number of students. Contact our bookings administrator to discuss (6267 4649 or woodbridgeMDC@education.tas.gov.au).

At least 2 hours is needed to initially set up the classroom (this can be done the day before) and about 2 hours after school on the last day to pack up the classroom.

Here’s an example of the curriculum-linked learning activities that have been done in the past:

  • Explore, and do scientific drawings, of live touch tank invertebrate animals (e.g. sea stars, sea urchins, crabs, sea cucumbers).
  • A lesson on the seahorse life cycle and make a sea horse life cycle paper plate model (grades 1 to 4).
  • A lesson on bioluminescence then students draw a deep sea animal and decorate it with glow in the dark stickers (grade 1 and up)
  • A lesson on plankton then explore live plankton using microscopes (grade 3 and up)
  • Draw and handle various types of shark/ray eggs (grade 2).

Early childhood classes (kinder and prep) also explore touch tank animals but instead of explicit lessons they undertook a number of marine-themed art/craft activities:

  • Make a calico print of a flounder
  • Print a marine-themed pattern
  • Paint a marine plaster cast
  • Make a decorator crab collage
  • Make a collage spelling their name using nautical flags

The travel show has visited a number of schools around Tasmania and can provide a fantastic hands-on complement to any marine-themed science units your classes are doing.