STEM teachers have the opportunity to join scientists and get hands-on with research at sea on Australia’s marine research vessel Investigator.

Taking teacher training to the high seas

Australian STEM teachers have the unique opportunity to work at-sea alongside scientists on board Investigator through the CSIRO Educator on Board program.

Teachers can get hands on experience working alongside scientists at sea.

Educator on Board aims to support teacher professional development and provide students with a window on the real word application of STEM. The program puts teachers on voyages to assist with scientific operations and share their on board experience with students across Australia through live ship-to-shore video broadcasts. Teachers will also develop curriculum resources based on the ship and underway science to create a pool of lessons to share in schools across Australia.

Educator on Board is supported by the CSIRO Marine National Facility (MNF) as part of a suite of education and training initiatives that seek to inspire STEM studies and develop future generations of Australia’s marine scientists

How do I apply?

Educator on Board is open to all primary and secondary school teachers who are registered in Australia and employed to work in an Australian school. The program offers berths for a team of two teachers to join identified voyages in the research schedule. The nature and timing of these voyages will vary each year but will be approximately 2 weeks in duration and depart from various ports around the country.

Male teacher working in lab on board Investigator

STEM teachers can get hands on with science at sea.

Applications for Educator on Board will be managed by CSIRO Education & Outreach and invited throughout the year.

Information on current voyages open for applications and applicant requirements can be found on the CSIRO Education & Outreach section of our website.

Completed voyages

Educator on Board has participated in the following voyages on board Investigator:

  • Interactions of the Totten Glacier with the Southern Ocean through multiple glacial cycles, January-March 2017 (pilot program).
  • Natural Iron fertilisation of oceans around Australia: linking terrestrial dust and bushfires to marine biogeochemistry, September-October 2017 (inaugural voyage).

Upcoming voyages

  • Physical, chemical and biogeochemical gradients in the East Australian Current. 6 – 14 April 2018, Hobart to Brisbane (9 days).
  • Harmful algal blooms and their long term sediment record in East Coast Tasmanian waters. 14 – 21 May 2018, Brisbane to Hobart (8 days).

Further information

Ben Arthur View profile External link
Stakeholder Engagement - Natl Collections & Marine Infrastructure

Phone +61 3 6232 5078
Phone +61428072174 (Mobile)
Email Ben.Arthur@csiro.au

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