Digital Program | Sustaining Life in an Ecosystem
Students will investigate the adaptations and interactions that help Little Penguins survive within a marine ecosystem.
Each program includes a 30-minute online workshop with a Zoo Teacher and a teaching guide filled with activities for your scope and sequence. While not a tour of the zoo, you will have direct access to your own expert Zoo Teacher and unique zoo content.
Sustaining Life in an Ecosystem uses in-depth case studies to explore how animals are adapted to their environment, how animals interact with the ecosystem and the success that Zoos Victoria has achieved in the conservation of species.
Students discover the structural, physiological, and behavioural adaptations of the Little Penguin, the threats it faces to its survival and the interconnections and the role it plays in its ecosystem. Students apply their learning to develop and reflect on conservation strategies.
The student webinar for this VCE Biology program is essential as it provides a real dataset for scientific investigation.
Students will learn:
- How structural, behavioural and physiological adaptations aid survival
- How the internal environment is regulated through homeostasis and stimulus-response signalling
- The strategies used by Zoos Victoria to conserve species
- About the interdependencies of species within an ecosystem, including distribution and density
- To use science inquiry skills
- To develop hypotheses, identify variables, and obtain and analyse quantitative data
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.
Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students’ curiosity and prepare them for their online workshop.
During your Sustaining Life in an Ecosystem online workshop students will practice their practical investigation skills to plan and collect real world data surveying the behaviour of Little Penguins at Melbourne Zoo. This data can be used to develop understanding of the scientific process and this practical investigation is suitable for school assessed coursework.
Use activities in the Teaching Guide to assist students with extending and reflecting on their learning.
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – Biology
Area of Study 2: How do living systems sustain life?
- Students will explore the survival of a species through learning about their adaptations, homeostasis, disease and natural history and how this understanding can inform strategies to prevent extinction of a species
Area of Study 3: Practical Investigation
- Students will carry out a practical investigation that considers experimental design. This will include collecting and analysing data on Little Penguin behaviour which will assist with identifying behavioural trends
Online workshop details
Your Online Workshop will be hosted on Zoom.
All you need is a computer or device with internet access. It’s great if it also has a web cam and mic but that's not necessary.
Students can also communicate with a 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.
Please call 1300 966 784 to book.