TeachWild is a multi-year research and education program for Australian scientists, teachers, and students that studies the impact of floating debris on marine life.
Marine debris is known to affect more than 270 species of marine animal worldwide, from the top predators in the food chain to plankton, but the full extent of the impact is unknown.
TeachWild aims to tackle this global issue with a three-year research and education program that brings scientists together with teachers, students, and employees to carry out hands-on fieldwork.
The program’s aim is to survey and map the distribution of marine debris, identify the major sources of debris, and measure the impacts of debris on Australian marine life. The data will contribute to a national marine debris database that will assist state governments and coastal councils in formulating waste management policies and practices to protect marine ecosystems.
BENEFITS FOR SCIENCE TEACHERS
TeachWild aims to encourage, motivate, and reward innovation in curriculum delivery by teachers, as well as develop the capacity and networks of regional and remote teachers and inspire those involved in the program to become environmental champions.
Science teachers can apply to take part in a funded week-long expedition with the TeachWild science team. Various research activities are carried out throughout the week. Teachers can interact with students online by posting photos and highlights and discussing topics in the forum.
BENEFITS FOR SCHOOLS
TeachWild aims to inspire students to explore their world through science that is relevant to their lives, and to encourage, motivate, and reward innovation in curriculum delivery by teachers.
Our scientists will inspire students in grades 6 to 10 with engaging fieldwork, teaching them the basics of data collection and scientific methods. They will conduct a one-day, field-based excursion with your students at a local beach or waterway. Fieldwork will include beach surveys to look for debris and wildlife affected by the debris. By engaging in our program, students will have an interactive learning experience while meeting some of the key learning requirements of the Australian curriculum.
LEARN MORE ABOUT TEACHWILD
Find out more about the TeachWild scientific and educational program and how to get involved by visiting www.teachwild.org.au.