Virtual Excursion | Sustaining Life in an Ecosystem
Students will investigate the adaptations and interactions that help Little Penguins survive within a marine ecosystem.
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
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|
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
Student worksheet – an action template for students to use as part of their research
Sustaining Life in an Ecosystem - How to write a report PowerPoint
Virtual Excursions FAQ - frequently asked questions about our Virtual Excursions
VCE Biology Unit 1 – Area of Study 2, Outcome 2
- 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.