ECOCEAN satellite tracking program is open to schools to participate in the research and help to solve the mystery of where whale shark goes to breed!
The research will target large, mature whale sharks, and with the involvement of schools, may uncover whether or not older sharks and their younger counterparts embark on the same migration routes.
It will cost the school, or a network $5 000 to have a tag put on a shark. From May to August 2017 ECOCEAN scientists will search for the perfect shark to tag for your school. The Race officially begins during National Science Week on Monday, 14 August 2017 and the tracks of the tagged sharks will be displayed on the ZoaTrack website and schools will able to track the journey of their whale shark.
Teachers and students will be able to use the ZoaTrack visualisation and analysis tools in their lessons and will have access to the ongoing tracking of the sharks.
Involvement in the race will support students and teachers to further develop their STEM capabilities, including: critical analysis and creative thinking, deepen their knowledge and understanding of the whale shark, the marine environment of Western Australia and scientific research. Teaching and learning resources developed by Statewide Services at the Department of Education are designed to support teachers and students to engage in innovative and interactive STEM learning activities.
In addition, ECOCEAN scientists will be available to deliver an online Saba session for participating schools to share information and video footage as well as an online link up direct from the field with each participating school.
2017 Race Around the World expressions of interest closes on 25 of May – Payment due on 9 of June – Race goes from 14 to 28 of August – Finish line celebrations on 6 of September – Places are limited, start fundraising now!
For more information, please contact us.