Digital Program | Adaptations for Survival

Year levels



$180 per class of 30 students


Online workshop: Monday to Wednesday

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 30 students

Investigate the adaptations and interactions that help Little Penguins to survive within a marine ecosystem. Collect data to determine how a species’ adaptations enable it to interact and survive within its ecosystem.

Program description

VCE Biology Unit 2

Students will use an in-depth case study to learn about that the success that Zoos Victoria has achieved in the conservation of species. They will investigate the structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations of the Little Penguin. Students will discover how the Little Penguin interacts with its environment and the threats to its survival, which includes plastics pollution.

Students will learn through multi-modal representations, classroom discussion, critical thinking activities and data analysis. The online workshop for this VCE Biology program will support your students to collect a real dataset for scientific investigation.

Students will learn:

  • How structural, behavioural and physiological adaptations enhance survival and enable life to exist in a range of environments
  • Survival through interdependencies between species and populations within an ecosystem
  • How to use science inquiry skills

Want to come face-to-face with our incredible wildlife and extend your students' learning in their environment? Book in an excursion to one of our three amazing zoos.

Program sequence

Before your online workshop


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students curiosity and prepare them for their online workshop.

During your online workshop

Connect and Understand

Students will learn about Little Penguin adaptations and survival. They will use their practical investigation skills to plan and collect real-world data by surveying the behaviour of Little Penguins at Melbourne Zoo.

After your online workshop


Use activities in the Teaching Guide to assist students with extending and reflecting on their learning.


Use the Teaching Guide to enable students to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts.  

Program resources

VCE teaching guides are password protected. You will receive the password via email before your excursion. You can also request the password upon booking.

Learning outcomes

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – Biology

Unit 2: How does inheritance impact on diversity?

Area of Study 2: How do inherited adaptations impact on diversity?

  • Students will explore the structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations that enhance Little Penguin survival and enable life to exist in a marine environment

Online workshop details

Your online workshop will be hosted on Zoom.   

All you need is a computer or device with internet access.

During the exclusive online workshop for your class, you will be able use the camera and microphone functions.  

Students can also communicate with a Melbourne Zoo Teacher by typing in the Chat  box.  

We will send out a link to join the program to the teacher that booked.

Join us ten minutes before your start time. Arriving early will enable us to check any tech issues and start your session on time.  

Book now

Call 1300 966 784 to book an online workshop.   

Credit card payment at time of booking. Cancellation must be made at least 10 business days prior to your booked workshop. If not, a cancellation fee of $180 will be invoiced.