Saturday, 16 August 2014 at the National Marine Science Centre
Solitary Islands Aquarium


Jump in without getting wet and learn more about science under the sea!

As a leader in marine science education and research, Southern Cross University's National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) aims to promote greater awareness of the marine environment and scientific processes during National Science Week. The 'Science under the Sea' 2014 event will be held over three days at two major shopping areas in Coffs Harbour and at Southern Cross University's National Marine Science Centre.

In its forth year, 'Science under the Sea - 2014' will pique interest and understanding of the marine environment through a series of 'hands-on' activities, displays and presentations and will include:

'The acid test ocean acidification': This activity will explore the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on ocean communities through a display stand and through presentations by researchers based at the NMSC. Participants will gain an understanding of the processes at work and have the opportunity to observe effects on organisms due to ocean acidification by digital microscopic observation.

'Not so fantastic plastic!': This display will highlight the concerns of marine debris, its consequences and ways in which humans can reduce its effects via a static display.

'Sea under the scope': This activity allows participants to gain an insight into the fascinating world of life at a microscopic level. Using microscopes, participants will examine the adaptations possessed by a number of planktonic organisms and gain an understanding of how plankton move and eat. Participants will examine differences in samples taken from estuarine, nearshore and offshore environments and examine the equipment used to sample planktonic organisms.

'Life on the edge': This display will give participants the opportunity to learn about organisms that live along our coastline and the important role they play in marine ecosystems. Participants will work with researchers to identify and classify various rock pool organisms.

'Shell detective': Using taxonomic keys, this activity will allow participants to become 'detectives' to identify a variety of different molluscs by looking at their physical appearance and placing them into taxonomic groups.

'Kelp in your cupboard': Participants will investigate the importance of seaweeds in our everyday lives through a 'hands-on' display which identifies common household items that rely on these products. A fact sheet will be made available via the NSMC website.

Australian Government Initiative 'Science Under the Sea' is brought to you by National Science Week.

Updated: 17 April 2014