Many of the
animals and plants that are found in the area studies are endemic
to south eastern Australia. Our first study site at Barwon Heads
has been declared a Marine Sanctuary for educational purposes.
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) currently
provides opportunities for schools to engage in real science through
the extensive range of programs offered through the Marine Discovery
Centre, Queenscliff. One such programs involves students in conducting
surveys of rocky shore plant and animal communities. This program
has been operating for over ten years and in this time enormous
amounts of data have been collected.
of this program has been that data collected by individual schools
is used only by that school, with no opportunity to contribute this
to a database which can be drawn upon for comparison or to look
at long term change.
for both the DPI and schools is to be able to collate this volume
of data and use data collected in a meaningful way.
from the Science in Schools Project of the Victorian Department
of Education and Training, this site has been set up to provide
opportunities for learning and contributing to a better understanding
of Rocky Shore habitats.