Field Study Virtual Excursions - Secondary – Science - Stage 6
Science Stage 4 Field Study ExcursionVirtual Excursions 
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AUSECO has developed three virtual excursions for Stage 4 Living WorldStage 6 Ecosystem Dynamics and Stage 6 Earth and Environmental Science Module 1 & 4.

Stage 4 Living World
 
Location
Botany Bay, Towra Point
 
Excursion Synopsis 
Students  examine how  the structure and function of living things allows for their survival and reproduction in the mangrove and sea grass ecosystems. 
   
These areas are influenced by predictable phenomena such as tides, day and night as well as seasons.  We provide scientific equiptment to measure various abiotic aspects of the ecosystems including temperature and salinity. 
 
A plant from each ecosystem is studied in detail with the help of field microscopes to look at how these organisms have adapted to survive in these changing conditions. We also classify one consumer the students catch themselved in the sea grass and study the structures and functions of this organism in detail.
 
At the end of that day we construct a food web based on the plants and animals we have observed throughout the day.

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Year 11 Biology Ecosystem Dynamics
 
Location
Long Reef Rock Platform, Collaroy
 
Excursion Synopsis 
Students will examine the distribution and abundance of tidal rockshelf animals using quadrats and study zonation using a transect. 
 
Abiotic components such as temperature and salinity will be measured and human impact will be discussed. Relationships between organisms will be studied and a species list will be generated. 
 
A producer and a consumer organism will be identified using a key and studied in detail to observe their structural features and adaptations. 

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Year 11 Earth & Environmental Science
Earth's Resources & Human Impact (Module 1 & 4 combination program)


Location 
Bantry Bay, Frenchs Forest

Excursion Synopsis
Students will discuss the formation of the Earth's geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere.

Students investigate the local geology of the Sydney region and examine the local sandstone rock using hand lenses and microscopes, to observe the particle sizes and shapes and determine the conditions of deposition. Students also investigate the soils of the area, and determine its (a) texture class by centrifuging a soil sample and referring to a ternary graph; and (b) pH using soil pH kits.

Human environmental impact will be assessed for the biosphere and hydrosphere. Human impact on the vegetation will be investigated with a line transect identifying weeds. Human impact on waterways will be investigated at two creeks in the area by identifying weeds, pH & phosphate tests and catching water animal indicator species. Creek management strategies will be discussed in relation to creek quality testing results. The impact of an installed Gross Pollutant Trap in Forestville will be assessed as a management strategy to combat water pollution. 

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