Praxical is a new learning initiative creating online workshops where everyone can actively engage in the scientific process.
For National Science Week this year Praxical is collaborating with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). Together they are creating a fully online, self-led workshop about biodiversity conversation, focused on the Regent Honeyeater. During the workshop you will get the opportunity to engage in the scientific data and skills used by ecologists to decide on the best type of bushland to protect.
Using an online mapping tool (also known as a Geographic Information System, or GIS) custom built by DPIE to explore how ecological models are constructed to predict habitat suitability.
Focusing on the endangered Regent Honeyeater, an iconic Australian bird on the brink of extinction, this workshop will let you explore the ecological issues relevant to the protection and management of ecosystems.
This Problem Based Learning (PBL) style workshop will give you the opportunity to work on the data yourself, coming up with your own scientific conclusions, rather than just passively consuming information. Designed to be fully online and self-led, we’ll give you everything you need to participate in the workshop.
These workshops are suitable for audiences in Year 9 or 10, or for anyone who has left school and is interested in re-engaging in science. The workshop is in modules, with the whole workshop being able to be completed in approximately one hour, or it can be broken up and done over a longer timeframe.
Note for Teachers
When registering for the event, please indicate that you are interested in using this in the classroom. We can then contact you with more information about how our workshops are self-led, syllabus directed, flexible and perfect for either the classroom or for assigned independent learning.
This initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week.