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STEM at the Zoo – Animals and Ethics student web conference


Thursday 12 September 2019


2.30pm - 3.00pm






This is suitable for students in years 3-10

Student web conference

Contemporary zoos face numerous ethical dilemmas: is it a business or a conservation centre? Is a zoo's role to educate or entertain the public? Are zoos for the benefit of animals or people?

We confront all these controversial questions and more in this virtual learning experience. We speak to a marine mammal expert to understand what life is like for seals. We’ll understand these complex, social and highly curious animals - and how this curious nature sometimes gets them into trouble in the wild, why we need to bring some seals into captivity and how these decisions are made.

In this session, students will:

  • Hear from a Zoos Victoria marine mammal expert about the curious world of seals
  • Understand the ethical implications of keeping animals in captivity. Is it worth it?
  • Gain a real-world understanding of ethics
  • Learn how Zoo experts apply STEM skills to address real-world conservation challenges

Enjoy this virtual learning experience from the comfort of your classroom using Adobe Connect. You and your students can join us live on your school’s computer (hooked up to a screen or interactive whiteboard) or on their own device. They will be watching a live video stream and will need to be able to listen to the conversation. Students can type their comments and questions; no camera or microphone is required.

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Please complete this form to register and participate this free student web conference.

Zoos Victoria uses Adobe Connect to deliver web conferences, registered participants will be sent a unique URL prior to the web conference.