Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Wave Glider brings fresh ocean data to Australia

Liquid Robotics has set loose 4 robot data collection Wave Gliders across the Pacific. Here's some information from their website http://liquidr.com/pacx/pacific-crossing.html

PacX Wave Glider "Papa Mau" arrives in Australia, setting a new world record!

PacX Wave Glider “Papa Mau”, completed his 9,000 nautical mile (16,668 kilometers) scientific journey across the Pacific Ocean to set a new world record for the longest distance traveled by an autonomous vehicle. Throughout his journey, Papa Mau navigated along a prescribed route under autonomous control collecting and transmitting unprecedented amounts of high-resolution ocean data never before available over these vast distances or timeframes.
During Papa Mau’s journey, he weathered gale force storms, fended off sharks, spent more than 365 days at sea, skirted around the Great Barrier Reef, and finally battled and surfed the East Australian Current (EAC) to reach his final destination in Hervey Bay near Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia.
“To say we are excited and proud of Papa Mau reaching his final destination is an understatement,” said Bill Vass, CEO of Liquid Robotics.


Friday, April 19, 2013

ECO Environmental Careers and Opportunities Expo, Brisbane

Thanks very much to the Reef Guardians here for bringing this event for students, parents and teachers to our attention. 

We are advised that It will be held Tuesday 23 July 2013 at The Edge, Southbank, Brisbane.

Wild Mob, Volunteers for Wilderness Conservation here, is partnering with the Land Trust, Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Centre and The Smith Family to host this great event, highlighting the opportunities that are available. 

The event includes:
·         A range of industry professionals sharing their experiences
·         Study options for the future
·         Volunteer opportunities
·         Interactive displays and stall
·         Education workshops
·         Lucky door prizes.

There are two sessions, from 10-2pm (schools) and from 3-6pm (students and parents). For more information and to register, please email Renee at Wild Mob on renee@wildmob.org.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

TeachWild Marine Debris Art Competition Alert 2013

See TeachWild website here
Join TeachWild and the fight against marine debris by putting your hands up and showing your support.

For this year’s World Oceans Day, TeachWild is asking all schools and community groups to participate in a national art competition. We are asking classes to create artwork in the shape of a hand using only marine debris found to tell the message. You can use the rubbish found from your local beaches, creeks, rivers or anywhere else that ultimately ends up in the oceans. The more creative you can get the better. We will also have a sustainability prize pack for the winning class (more details to follow).

To find out how you can get involved in TeachWild’s national art competition 

Please register your interest in participating in the fight against marine debris by contacting Nonnie Kamau (see below) by email for more details. Artwork will be showcased at an event in early June therefore places will be limited by registering your interest. 

Quick facts on the competition:

ü  Competition is in recognition to World Ocean’s Day on June 8.
ü  Artwork is to be made up marine debris and made into the shape of a hand
ü  Get your class to submit video questions for CSIRO scientists to answer at the event
ü  Entries close May 17th 2013

So hands up! Who would like to work towards cleaner marine environment?

For further information contact: 
Nonnie Kamau  mkamau@earthwatch.org.au
Programs Support
Earthwatch Australia

126 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

WETPAPER announces marine education resources

Good friends at publishers, Wetpaper, have announced new teacher resources that will be of interest to teachers in Australia.


FOUR NEW resources for 2014 Marine Science 

Marine Research Skills (Text book)

Snorkelling transects, inexpensive sampling devices and oceanographic equipment, locate position GPS, safety, risk assessment PLUS how to snorkel or sample data from a surfboard or boat, drive a small research dingy and moor at a buoy to study tidal flows, locate sampling sites positions on a chart, plot a course and work out time for daily research activities, send a radio message back to a research station, analyse weather and tidal information for research projects and much more. 
REF: Workbooks and Project Books

Marine Science Exercises (Homework book)   

Combines ALL the exercises and worksheets from existing 25 years of Wet Paper curriculum development into one resource. Separate Year 11 and 12 sections to allow concept to be repeated and become more complex (a la Syllabus requirements). Great for new or replacement teachers as a survival guide. 
REF: Oceanography Exercises
REF: Marine Biology Exercises

Research Bay (Practice Chart)   

Based on Pages 32-33 Navigation Workbook 2nd Edition, Research Bay takes in all the exercises on the soon to be out of copyright Hillsborough Channel (1964) chart.  Charts are A3 and available in bundles of 100 at low cost

Marine Science Flipbooks (Homework web based books)   

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