New! Bush Blitz Adventure Portal

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The Bush Blitz Adventure Portal is a video conferencing education program designed to Bush Blitz straight to your classroom direct from the field!

Bush Blitz aims to teach and inspire your students about science through exploring Australia's beautiful biodiversity, including amazing plants and animals uncovered during Bush Blitz expeditions to some of Australia's most remote locations. Visit bushblitz.org.au to find out more about Bush Blitz. 

The program will advertised to schools around Australia approximately two months prior to each expedition.


 Program Outline:

 

Year Level

 

4 to 8

 

Group size

 

No limit – you are welcome to combine classes at your school to connect to this program.

 

Duration

 

A pre-expedition video uploaded to YouTube (~7 minutes long) and video conference during expedition about 20-30 minutes in length.

 

Availability

 

Places now available for Cape Range Bush Blitz June 2019!

2 Time slots available:

  • Tuesday 25th June, 11:15 AEDT (9:15 AWST)
  • Wednesday 26th June, 11:15 AEDT (9:15 AWST)

 

Connection requirements

 

Internet connection with access to YouTube and Zoom.

 

What’s provided

 

Access to background information on the Bush Blitz, and useful resources

Access to video of Bush Blitz scientists working in the lab and field.

Opportunity for your students to submit questions direct to the scientist to be answered during a 20-30 minute Zoom video conference (years 4-8 only). A limited number of schools will be selected for this opportunity on first-in basis. 

 

Cost

 

No cost

 

 

Bookings:

Book your class into this program using the Google form here .

(The current expedition available for booking into is listed at the bottom of this page).


 

Program Timeline:

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1. Information and pre-expedition video uploaded (~1 month prior to expedition)

Information about the Bush Blitz including the location, local ecology and the scientists (their expertise and field techniques) will be uploaded to the website approximately a month before the expedition, along with a short video introducing the location and scientists attending, what their expertise is, and what field techniques they will be using.

 

 

2. Questions submitted 

The schools participating in question submission will be propted (by email) to submit questions from their students after watching the pre-expedition video. Questions will be reviewed by Bush Blitz before given to the scientist. Depending on time limit and appropriateness, not all questions may get answered

 

 

3. Video conference (during expedition)

During the expedition, the scientist will be searching for species in their area of expertise e.g insects, or spiders, or plants, or reptiles, or frogs!  During your video conference with them, they will discuss how they find and identify species, why their work is important and many other interesting facts. They may even discover a new species!

(note: in the event of technical difficulties we may pre-record a video of the scientist answering student questions instead of a live video conference).

 

 

All videos and resources will remain available online for anyone to acess at any time, for free, after the expedition.

This is a pilot program, and we aim for further developments next Bush Blitz. We encourage feedback from participating schools. 

 

 

 

Requirements and Expectations:

 

Requirement (essential for classes submitting quesitons):

Are an Australian school teacher, and teach at or between year/grade 4 - year/grade 8.

Have access to internet and internet permissions for Zoom video conferencing and YouTube during class time (we understand some schools have restrictions on certain websites, but due to lack of consistency across all schools it is dificult to find an all-round un-restricted platform)

Understand that not all students' questions may get answered. This will depend on: appropriateness, relevance, time limit and ability of scientist.

Watch the video and log into the video conference with your students at the specified time.

Other expectations:

Communicate background information to your class provided on the Bush Blitz website (or use own background information if more relevant).

Incorporate learning activities/lessons to accompany the program - i.e. Lesson themes on biodiversity, ecology or environments.

Complete an evaluation survey on the program so we can understand how to improve the program for next time.

Understand that this is a pilot program, and is operating from a remote location. We will do our absolute best to ensure connectivity allows the videos to be uploaded in time. However we recommend you have a backup lesson in place in the event of a technical failure.


 
Expeditions 

Click on the expeditions below to view further information, and to apply for the Bush Blitz Adventure Portal program.

 Exmouth Murray Foubister                    

 

 2019 Cape Range National Park

 Applications open now!

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