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Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre

Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre

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Investigating science

Module 1 (cause and effect - observing) and/or module 2 (observations and inferences)

We run a range of investigating science excursions in a variety of locations. Use one of our pre-existing programs or contact us to tailor a program.

This excursion can contribute 5 hours to a depth study. Contact us to discuss options.

Key syllabus outcomes:

A student:

  • develops and evaluates questions and hypotheses for scientific investigation INS11-1
  • designs and evaluates investigations in order to obtain primary and secondary data and information INS11-2
  • conducts investigations to collect valid and reliable primary and secondary data and information INS11-3
  • selects and processes appropriate qualitative and quantitative data and information using a range of appropriate media INS11-4
  • identifies that the collection of primary and secondary data initiates scientific investigations INS11-8

Inquiry questions:

  • How does observation instigate scientific investigation?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of qualitative and quantitative observations?
  • How does primary data provide evidence for further investigation?
  • What inferences can be drawn from observations?

Learning activities may include:

Let us know which of the following activities you would like included on your excursion:

  • Observe and record features of the environment
  • Estimate vegetation cover
  • Examine Indigenous bush resources and their uses
  • Observe and measure results of a recent fire event and make inferences
  • Complete a citizen science investigation such as ClimateWatch or Hollows as Homes
  • Measure and record qualitative and quantitative observations of abiotic factors
  • Design and conduct an investigation into ant diversity and food preferences
  • Complete an aquatic macroinvertebrate study and infer water quality
  • Assess microplastics and macroplastics on a beach or waterway using AUSMAP (Australian Microplastic Assessment Project) methodology

Excursion sites:

We run investigating science excursions in a range of ecosystems and locations; some sites are accessible by public transport. Locations include:

  • Honeymoon Track to Allambie Flat (woodland and freshwater investigations)
  • Uloola Track from Waterfall (affected by fires in January 1994, Black Christmas 2002 and September 2017)
  • Engadine Wetlands – artificial wetlands on the edge of the Royal National Park adjacent to the railway line (affected by fires in January 1994 and Black Christmas 2002)
  • Bonnie Vale – mangroves (can include AUSMAP at this site)
  • Garie Beach for full-day AUSMAP assessment