This resource has been inspired by research conducted on RV Investigator – ‘Harmful algal blooms and their long-term sediment record in East Coast Tasmanian waters’. Students are presented with an inquiry question to design and develop a STEM solution to a local issue.
Christie Evans, Seaview Downs Primary School, South Australia
|Nature of the inquiry problem||
What is the solution to toxic algae blooms?
|Suitable year levels and subject areas||
Year 6 – 7 Science
Mathematics and Design and Digital Technologies content is also incorporated.
Science as a Human Endeavour:
Science Inquiry Skills:
Know – The classification hierarchy and use the appropriate scientific language. The difference between and the purpose of a food web and food chain. Students need to know what a microorganism is and their role in an ecosystem.
Understand – That we, as human beings, have an important role to play in ensuring the health and viability of micro-organisms. Students need to understand that there are ways that we can all contribute to solving problems that are occurring globally.
Able to do – Sort and classify unknown microorganisms in terms of zooplankton and phytoplankton. Be able to represent the data in a table and create appropriate graphical representations.
Interpret data sets from a primary resource and compare data from different regions.
|Student Learning Outcomes*||
Students will be able to:
Student investigation (collaborative and individual tasks)
|Information and communications technology (ICT)||
Embedded web links
Toxic Algae STEM Investigation (created by Christie Evans) (2018) Copyright owned by Department for Education, South Australia. Except as otherwise noted, this work is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/