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High School & Tertiary Education Programs

Ocean Teens

Ocean Teens is an educational programme provided by SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium tailored for young adult learning. Develop your high school students' passion for our oceans through the exploration of our underwater world. Ocean Teens allows students to learn from a wealth of experience with our marine specialists' expertise and getting a guide to marine careers after school. We provide the choice of either a semi-guided tour or a classroom session to best suit your group’s requirements. The session will focus specifically on ONE of the Ocean Teens Topics listed below that you opt for.

 

Classroom Session

The 45-minute Classroom Session involves an educational presentation from one of our dedicated marine educators in our school room, where students are encouraged to explore, discuss and investigate different topics and themes. The session will focus on the Ocean Teen topic of your choice, each of which is complimented by using authentic animal artefacts.

Your group will then embark on a self-directed tour around the aquarium to reiterate and emphasise the learnings from the classroom session. Topic specific worksheets are available to ensure your students are getting the most educational value from their visit as possible.

 

Semi-Guided Tour

One of our Marine Educators will guide your class around specific aquarium zones on an exclusive 45 minutes tour focusing on your Ocean Teens Topic of choice! Use of authentic marine artefacts at the conclusion of the tour will further engage and assist your students in understanding the session content.

Your group will then embark on a self-directed tour around the aquarium to reiterate and emphasise the learnings from the classroom session. Topic specific worksheets are available to ensure your students are getting the most educational value from their visit as possible.

Program Pricing

Semi-Guided Tour or Classroom Session $15.00
FREE teacher ratio 1:6
Additional teacher ticket $31.00
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Adaptations & Evolution

During this education session students will be introduced to the basics of DNA, mutations, natural selection and the role these play in both evolution and adaptations. Serving as a comprehensive introduction, or a perfect recap, this session engages students with real-life examples that they can see in authentic marine artefacts and within the attraction. Education session content will vary between year levels. By completing this session students will:

  • Learn the basic structure of DNA
  • Understand what type of mutations can occur in DNA and how.
  • Understand how natural selection occurs and why.
  • Understand the relationship and difference between evolution and adaptations.
  • Understand the different types of adaptations and how they occur.
  • Be able to recognise adaptations in animals and explain the advantage they provide.

Resources: Adaptations (Staying Alive) Worksheet | Rock Pool Adaptations Worksheet | Rockpool Adaptations Teacher Notes

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Conservation

Within this lesson, one of our marine educators will guide students through some of the biggest threats facing our oceans. They will look at both global threats, as well as threats that are right on our front doorstep in the Hauraki Gulf. Students will leave the lesson feeling informed and optimistic as we focus on not only the threats and their impacts, but also the solutions and headway that’s already being made towards healthier oceans for us all. Education session content will vary between year levels. By completing this session students will:

  • Understand the current major threats facing our oceans, as well as our local marine environments.
  • Learn how these threats have come about, and the way in which they are impacting our environment.
  • Consider various stakeholders for specific threats (i.e. non-sustainable fishing) to understand why change can be slow.
  • Hear about current projects and initiatives that are having a hugely positive impact on ocean health.
  • Discuss ways in which we can all contribute to better ocean health.
  • Discover volunteer opportunities available to them in local conservation.

Resources: Conservation Worksheets Yrs 7 & 8

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Antarctica

A mix of early Antarctic exploration and polar ecosystems, this lesson takes your students on a journey to the Earth’s harshest habitat. Not only will they be regaled with the story of Robert Falcon Scott and his part in the race to the South Pole, they will also learn about sub-Antarctic species and their unique adaptations to the cold. Students will be engaged every step of the way with artefacts from the ‘age of exploration’ as well as artefacts from our penguin colony. Education session content will vary between year levels. By completing this session students will:

  • Know who Robert Falcon Scott was and the role he played in Antarctic exploration
  • Understand how early exploration has contributed to modern day climate change research.
  • Learn about the Antarctic Treaty and what it means.
  • Learn about the environmental conditions of polar habitats.
  • Recognise specific adaptations that animals living in polar regions have in order to survive the harsh conditions.
  • Understand the threats facing polar habitats and the animals that live there, as well as ways that we can all help protect these regions.

Resources: Antarctica Worksheet Yr 7 & 8 | Penguin Behaviour Research Pack

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Marine Morphology

This education session will enable students to use an animal’s morphology to gauge its lifestyle in terms of where it lives, what and where in the water column it feeds and how it moves. This is achieved by taking a close look at different body parts and how they function with one of our dedicated marine educators. Education session content will vary between year levels. By completing this session students will:

  • Be able to identify the different morphological features of an animal.
  • Understand how the morphology of features dictate how an animal operates.
  • Understand how scientists can gain information about an animal based solely on its morphology.
  • Be able to propose an animal’s potential habitat based solely on its morphology.
  • Be able to recognise various marine creatures.

Resources: Marine Morphology Worksheet | Marine Morphology Bodies in the Ocean Worksheet | Bodies in the Ocean Teacher Notes

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Ocean Systems

This session focuses on the features of the ocean which earned it the title of the Earth’s “Life Support System”. We’ll look at the ocean circulation, water cycle, carbon cycle, rock cycle and how the oceans influence the weather and climate. Education session content will vary between year levels. By completing this session students will:

  • Learn about the different cycles that operate within the ocean.
  • Understand the role of each cycle/aspect and why the are important to the whole planet.
  • Learn how the ocean influences weather and climate.
  • Learn about the impact that climate change can have on the ocean, as well as the cycles that operate within it.

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Ocean Acidification: NCEA Level Students

Global warming, ocean acidification, conservation and chemistry...all rolled into one lesson! This curriculum linked lesson is aimed at NCEA level students and offers the perfect introduction or recap to Global Warming and Ocean Acidification for your class.

Learn about how ocean acidification occurs, and what the impacts of this are on our marine environment. Ending with solutions, this lesson will leave your class feeling informed, as well as positive about the ways we can help turn the tide on ocean acidification! And of course, students will have the chance to get up close with some of the creatures directly impacted by ocean acidification such as corals and shellfish during their time within the attraction. 

By completing this lesson students will:

  • Understand the relationship between global warming and ocean acidification.
  • Understand the chemistry (chemical reactions) behind ocean acidification.
  • Understand the relationship between atmospheric CO2, ocean pH and ocean acidification.
  • Understand the impacts of lowered pH on marine ecosystems and animals.
  • Discuss the various solutions that will help reduce/slow ocean acidification.

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Ocean Youth Program

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The Ocean Youth Program builds tomorrow's leaders and change makers to conserve and protect our oceans. Ocean Youth is all about gaining skills and implementing solutions to some of the big, hairy issues our oceans face, and influencing others to do the same.

The above outcome is achieved through both nature-based excursions and in-house skill building sessions that occur over the course of an entire year. These provide participants with the confidence and knowledge to complete their own conservation project with the help of a dedicated Ocean Youth coordinator and on-site team.

In addition to amazing experiences and learning new skills, Ocean Youth brings youth together with other like-minded individuals. Sharing a passion, motivation, and inspiration with others positively impact participants as much as the sessions themselves!

For more information, or to apply, please visit: http://www.oceanyouth.org/. Alternatively, you can email learn@kellytarltons.co.nz.