All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the new curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our “Natural Disasters” programs for years 11-12 have been specifically developed for units of study in Geography as well as Earth and Environmental Science. Each can however be tailored to a school’s needs. The programs are great fun and involve the in-depth study of an Earth hazard (e.g. volcanic eruption, tsunami, earthquake, etc.) with the use of a site-specific case study. Students learn about the Earth processes that generate the hazard, the likely (or historical) impacts of the hazard and the warning systems (and infrastructure) in place to minimise these impacts. They hear from earth scientists, seismologists and/or geologists about new research on natural disasters and may have the opportunity to visit research centres where this research is taking place! Our “Natural Disasters” programs are delivered by passionate facilitators with specialist knowledge on earth and environmental science. The experiences can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
Earth and Environmental Science
Natural disasters are associated with complex natural processes. Although modern technology cannot control the forces that lead to such widespread destruction, new discoveries in seismology and earth science are leading mankind to more accurate predictions of when and how dramatically a hazard will take hold. On this adventure, you will learn about an earth hazard and the natural processes that augment it. You will study this hazard in the context of a city that has historically been affected by a natural disaster.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Natural Disasters” excursion. All excursion packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.
|09:00||Tour group pick- Second Nature have a fleet of vehicles available to cater for any number of passengers (within reason). We can provide transport to and from schools and airports|
|09:30||Arrive at Science Centre for Information Session 1 Students will enter a science centre at their closest major city to visit a section dedicated to natural disasters. Your guides will explain how earth processes generate a specific kind of natural disaster and attempt to demonstrate using interactive exhibits (for example, “Earth Quake Lab” can be found at Questacon in Canberra)|
|10:00||Morning tea at the science centre. Students will have a chance to wander around some of the other exhibits if they please|
|10.45||Information Session 2 Talk from an earth scientist, geologist or seismologist about their (current, often unpublished) research on the natural disaster under study|
|11:15||Depart Science Centre for a Site Damaged by an Earth Hazard|
|12:00||Arrive at Site Damaged by an Earth Hazard. Lunch|
|13:00||Activity Session 3 Students will be given a tour of the site, taking down observations in regard to damage caused by the relevant Earth hazard. They will have a chance to interview local business owners and residents about how they were affected by a recent (or historical) natural disaster|
|14:00||Depart destination, back to school or airport|
|15:00||Arrive back at school or airport when required|