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Student webinars for this program run every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 6th 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. 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 learn:

  • To build their understanding of adaptations, homeostasis and interconnections on survival of Little Penguins.
  • To develop hypotheses, identify variables, and obtain and analyse quantitative data.
  • How to 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. A Zoo teacher will run a workshop for your students and answer their questions. Students won’t be on camera and will type their questions and ideas.

Webinars run from Tuesday 6th October 2020:

  • Tuesdays 4:15pm - 4:45pm AEDT
  • Thursdays 9:15am - 9:45am AEDT

Program resources

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

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

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

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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.