Big Picture Biology
Unit 1 Biological Science students and staff undertook a research investigation, ‘Big Picture Biology’, at the Royal Melbourne Zoo. The students were able to collect data on matriarchal behaviour in elephants, temperature effects on crocodile eggs and threats to endangered frogs, as well as looking at strategies to save endangered species.
The program consisted of both zoo educator-led and self-directed activities. Students further developed their scientific skills in hypothesis, observation, data collection, analysis and conclusion. Although the day was centred around the field investigation, boys were fascinated by an impromptu adventure through the Butterfly House. Their curiosity extended to many other weird and wonderful creatures. It ended up being a very informative day at one of Melbourne’s premiere biological attractions.
Mr Paul Harrup