Australia’s advanced blue-water research vessel Investigator is opening up its labs for education and training activities in an exciting new initiative called Floating Classroom.

A Floating Classroom for STEM studies

Australian students have a unique opportunity to get hands-on with STEM on board research vessel Investigator through the Floating Classroom program.

The MNF offers STEM teachers a range of training opportunities.

Investigator is a world-class ocean research vessel capable of studying the deepest parts of our region’s oceans, as well as up to 20km into the atmosphere above. Through Floating Classroom, the Marine National Facility (MNF) provides opportunities for Australian educators to deliver education and training activities using Investigator’s laboratories and workspaces while the ship is in port.

Floating Classroom is open to secondary, tertiary and TAFE students. Students stepping on board are also given the opportunity for a guided tour of the ship to discover the amazing marine research that it can enable. The program is offered by the MNF to help increase understanding of how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is applied in the real world and inspire future generations of Australia’s marine scientists.

How do I apply?

Investigator is available for Floating Classroom bookings during port periods when operational requirements permit access. MNF staff will support access and provide a ship tour (subject to staff availability).

Students from QUT take part in the inaugural Floating Classroom in Brisbane.

Applications can be made by any Australian educator, including academics, for groups of up to 30 students (minimum supervision requirements apply, depending on age level of group). Activities and experiments supported are subject to negotiation with the MNF.

Potential opportunities to access Investigator for Floating Classroom, including date and location of port periods, can be found by checking the ship voyage schedules.

Please note that access to the ship is not be possible during voyage mobilisation and demobilisation activities or during vessel maintenance periods.

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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