National Science Week 2020

Deep Blue: Innovations for the Future of Our Oceans

We’ve missed school groups at the Museum so we’ve made this resource to give you a virtual visit to one of our much-loved spaces, the South Australian Biodiversity Gallery, as well as a glimpse behind the scenes at the Science Centre where researchers and collections staff study and care for the vast natural history collections that belong to the people of South Australia.

You can download a teacher information document for the resource here and view the video resource. There are two options for viewing the video resource: part one by itself (8:40 min) and parts one and two together (45 min)

Option one of the video resource (below), takes you on a journey across South Australia from north to south in the Biodiversity Gallery and in particular the Coastal and Marine habitats, before visiting the Science Centre to see one of the collections usually hidden from public view to learn a little about how museums catalogue and care for natural history specimens.

In option two of our video resource (below), you can see all of part one of the video resource AND watch as marine biologist Elaine Vytopil delivers a curriculum-aligned Zoom presentation examining our unique South Australian habitats in more detail including examples to explain interdependence and energy flow within and between systems.

With a focus on the theme of Deep Blue: Innovations for the Future of our Oceans for National Science Week this year, and given the United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), Elaine highlights some of the challenging problems the world is facing together with innovative solutions involving our oceans and finishes with ways we can all contribute to make positive changes through our personal choices and actions.

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