The November 2018 TeachLive expedition!

Earthwatch Australia’s TeachLive program is kicking off on the 15th November for Daintree’s Hidden Coastline expedition ! Follow the teachers experiences here

On this expedition, teachers will 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 will use the TeachLive website to enhance the experience, for both themselves and their students. 

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 can be used with students on return;
• Be upskilled on how to incorporate STEM in an exciting way into classrooms;
• Have the potential to Skype 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 to use these to better engage students on an ongoing basis after the expedition.

Teachers don't necessarily have a science background or science training to participate. Training in research techniques is provided on the expedition. All that is needed is a passion for science and geography – and about sharing this passion with 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. 

Volunteers

Group photo