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How does technology enable scientists to learn about Antarctic animals?

This extended resource is designed for Year 7 Biology and STEM students who are learning about food chains and the use of technology when studying animals. It covers keystone species, feeding relationships and distribution as well as guiding students through research activities to enhance learning.

Antarctic scientist Madi Gamble Rosevear sets up instruments at Totten Glacier. Credit: David Lomas 2019. Image courtesy of the Australian Antarctic Program.

In this learning sequence, students have the opportunity to different types of technology scientists use to better understand the animals of the Antarctic. They will review food webs, identify keystone species and feeding relationships between Antarctic animals. Through guided research students will find out about scientific studies of animals in a marine ecosystem and learn how technology is used to monitor, track and learn more about animals and their behaviours. Students will finally create a scientific report about the role technology plays in understanding Antarctic life.

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This resource is supported by the Australian Antarctic Division.

The Royal Institution of Australia is the official education partner of the Australian Antarctic Division.

Year: 7


Earth and Space Sciences: Renewable/non-renewable resources

Additional: Careers, Maths, Technology.

Concepts (South Australia):

Earth and Space Sciences: The Earth’s Surface