Science used to solve marine murder mystery

Students at Eden Marine High School donned their lab coats recently to solve a marine murder mystery presented by the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre. Marine Education Officer Jillian Riethmuller took her newly developed Marine Science program entitled ‘Murder in the Depths’ to Eden Marine High School in April  for its first trial run. Students were presented with a case of a deceased marine animal and had to use a variety of scientific tests and experiments to discover the cause of death. 

“All the students had a great time and came up with some wonderful possible death scenarios,” said Jillian Riethmuller. “The feedback we received from the program was very positive and many students developed a new appreciation for science as a result.”

The program was designed to showcase the range of marine sciences that students might like to study as tertiary students including oceanography, taxonomy, geology, physics and chemistry. 

The Year 8 students were completely engaged with the hands-on methodology used in the program, with many commenting that it was ‘way better than a normal class’. 

The Australian National University is a proud sponsor of the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery centre and wonderful education programs such as ‘Murder in the Depths’ would not be possible without their support. 

Teachers wishing to find out more about the variety of programs offered by the Centre should contact the office on 64961699 or visit the Education page on the website: www.sapphirecoastdiscovery.com.au

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