An opportunity arose for the students in our school, to participate in a virtual field trip with an Aquanaut, based in an undersea laboratory near Florida, USA – the Aquarius Reef Base, using Skype. This is one of only 3 undersea laboratories dedicated to education and science in the world. A group Skype call allowed classes and students from Asia, Pacifica and USA to connect. As it was a late afternoon call from Florida, it was our first lesson of the day. Usually Australian time zones are difficult to cater for. Our years 4 to 7 went to the library to view the linkup.
It was another amazing experience, learning from an Aquanaut, watching his tour in real time, viewing the cramped conditions, facilities and gear, and even seeing sealife swimming outside the window as he took the camera up to the window. We got a ‘real life view’ of what life in the laboratory is like.
We were all given an opportunity to ask questions. At first, we had difficulty seeing his image and tour but despite that students were highly engaged just listening. Then the full image projected on our screens which made it more special.
Read what students have posted to discover some of their learning and opinions. They have written blog posts on the connection.
- Abbi – Skype with an Aquanaut
- Ashley – Skype with the Aquanaut
- Charlie – Skype with Aquanauts
- Emmy – Skype with an Aquanaut
What a fabulous opportunity this was for us.