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Student webinars for this program run every week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from May 4th 2020. Times are detailed below.

Students will investigate the adaptations and interactions that help Little Penguins survive within a marine ecosystem.

Program description

Zoos Victoria is offering free Virtual Excursions programs during Term 2 in 2020. Each excursion comes with a teaching guide, activities and a student webinar. While not a tour of the zoo, you will have an expert educator working remotely to talk directly to you. 

The student webinar for this VCE Biology program is essential as it provides a real dataset for scientific investigation. Students will:

  • Build their understanding of adaptations, homeostasis and interconnections on survival of Little Penguins.
  • Develop hypotheses, identify variables, and obtain and analyse quantitative data.
  • Evaluate the investigative procedure they have utilised to determine the influence of factors on Little Penguin behaviour

Student webinar

Sustaining Life in an Ecosystem includes a free 30-minute student webinar. The webinar for this program is crucial for setting students up at the start of their investigation.

A Zoo teacher will run a workshop for your students and also answer their questions. Students won’t be on camera and will talk via a chat box.

Student webinars for this program run every week on:

Mondays 2:30pm - 3:00pm AEST
Tuesdays 9:10am - 9:40am AEST
Thursdays 9:10am - 9:40am AEST
Fridays 9:10am - 9:40am AEST


Program resources

In addition to the student webinar, this Virtual Excursion includes the following teaching resources:

Teaching guide – instructions for activities to do before and after your webinar

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Student worksheet – an action template for students to use as part of their research

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Sustaining Life in an Ecosystem - How to write a report PowerPoint

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Virtual Excursions FAQ - frequently asked questions about our Virtual Excursions

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Learning outcomes

VCE Biology Unit 1 – Area of Study 2, Outcome 2

Key Knowledge:

  • survival through adaptations and regulation
  • the structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations that enhance an organism’s survival and enable life to exist in a wide range of environments
  • how regulation of factors is needed to maintain a relatively constant internal environment, explained by the use of homeostatic mechanisms including feedback loops
  • factors regulated by homeostatic mechanisms in penguins, including temperature and water balance
  • Relationships between organisms within an ecosystem: inter-dependencies between species as represented by food webs, including impact of changes to keystone species.