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AUSMAP: Science by the Sea, Scientist for a Day – Henley

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  • Marine Discovery Centre
    333 Military Road, Henley Beach SA 5022, Australia

Interested in learning more about microplastics in South Australia & the impact on humans & the environment?

Come and participate in our AUSMAP Scientist for a Day program at the Marine Discovery Centre as part of National Science Week.

This event is ideal for upper primary & secondary school students. AUSMAP is supported by a series of teaching resources, enabling educators to model guided inquiry & engage students in meaningful fieldwork. The teaching resources address syllabus outcomes in a range of key learning areas, including Science and Geography for Years 7-12.

What will you learn?

  • What are microplastics, what is the impact & where are they?
  • How AUSMAP is helping to reduce this problem, along with your help.
  • Gain hands-on experience by helping sample along the shores of Henley Beach.
  • Experience a guided tour through the Marine Discovery Centre to learn more about SA's marine environment.

Each session will include:

  • presentation at the MDC by AUSMAP
  • AUSMAP microplastic & macro debris field sampling at Henley Beach
  • guided session at the MDC with all hands-on activities

About the Program

It’s hard to solve a problem you can’t see - until recently microplastic pollution presented scientists with a crisis that was invisible to the naked eye. Now we have AUSMAP. By translating data into vivid maps of plastic pollution hotspots all over Australia, the Australian Microplastic Assessment Project (AUSMAP) makes it easy for everyone to see the scale & nature of this growing problem.

We need to know how much is out there before we figure out what to do with it and find ways to mitigate this issue.

Location Information

The Marine Discovery Centre has wheelchair access, however, the field activities does not. The Centre has parking available for buses. Please contact the Centre directly for further enquiries on accessibility.