Apply for the November 2018 TeachLive expedition

Earthwatch Australia’s TeachLive program is now seeking interest from primary and secondary teacher-participants, for the upcoming Daintree’s Hidden Coastline expedition in November 2018!

On this expedition, you will have a unique opportunity to assist scientists as they assess and protect the mangroves fringing Daintree's rainforests and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – generating scientific data which will be used to develop a national strategy for more effective management of valuable coastal tidal wetlands faced with climate change and local human pressures.

On this expedition, teachers have the option to use the TeachLive website to enhance the experience, for both themselves and their students, if they wish. The expedition location can experience low internet capabilities, and so uploading to the website has proved challenging in the past, but not impossible.

Participating teachers will receive an outstanding Professional Development experience, as they will:

• Spend a week learning, researching and collecting data in tropical mangrove ecosystems with scientist Jock Mackenzie (from the Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research at James Cook University, and the MangroveWatch network);
• Learn field research techniques, some of which you can use with your students when you return to your school;
• Be upskilled on how to incorporate STEM in an exciting way in your classrooms;
• Have the potential to Skype your students while on the Daintree River (where a stronger data signal is found!) and bring the field to your students;
• Be provided with information and tools on other citizen science programs, and how you can use these to better engage your students on an ongoing basis after the expedition.

Please note: You do not have to have a science background or science training to participate. Training in research techniques will be provided on the expedition, so you just need to be passionate about science and geography – and about sharing this passion with your students, colleagues and education networks!

WHERE: Daintree River, North Queensland 
WHEN: 15 – 21 November 2018 (Arriving Thursday 15th and departing Wednesday 21st November)
DURATION: 7 days (5 school days)
WHO: Science and geography teachers from around Australia are encouraged to participate, but all teachers (primary and secondary) are welcome. 
COST: $1095

To book onto this trip, and to find out more about the Daintree’s Hidden Coastline Earthwatch expedition, go to http://au.earthwatch.org/Expeditions/Daintrees-Hidden-Coastline.

Volunteers

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