Students explore the importance of sustainable fisheries through discussions and hands-on demonstrations. Fisheries scientist Craig’s work involves travelling to Indonesia and this has provided an opportunity for students to practice their Indonesian language skills through face to face and virtual interaction with Craig.
We've got Craig helping the kids see real life science and, at the same time, they're seeing a real purpose… he's really made it clear to the children how valuable his knowledge of Indonesian has helped in his liaising with the people in Indonesia through his science.
School name: Lansdowne Crescent Primary School, Tasmania
Teacher: Ingrid Colman
Year Level: Year 6
STEM Professional: Craig Proctor
STEM Professional occupation: Fisheries scientist – CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
Australian Curriculum links:
- Science Understanding - Biological Sciences (ACSSU094)
- Science as a Human Endeavour – Use and influence of science (ACSHE100)
- Science Inquiry Skills – Questioning and predicting (ACSIS232)
- Measurement and Geometry – Using units of measure (ACMMG137)
Language - Indonesian
- Communicating – Socialising (ACLINC035, ACLINC037)
- Understanding – Language variation and change (ACLINU049)
- Understanding – Role of language and culture (ACLINU051)
- Intercultural understandings
- Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia
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