Classroom on the Reef provides what you need for engaging and inspiring learning so you can pick and choose elements that suit you. Here's what's on offer:
- Experience a world class research facility in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area,
- Curriculum content designed for secondary school students, and
- Live streaming underwater cameras, sensor data feeds and videos of the underwater environment.
Classroom on the Reef is made possible by the Queensland Department of Education Collaboration and Innovation Fund.
Wake up to birdsong, have breakfast on the veranda overlooking the bay, watch whales spout on the horizon and spend the day investigating local reefs and working in the labs or lecture room. At the end of the day, enjoy a BBQ and watch the sun go down over the ocean while discussing your experiences. Our friendly staff may even drop by for a chat. As night falls, you might try some spotlighting of the local wildlife.
- A beautiful tropical island environment
- Undertaking real research activities
- Visiting the giant clam garden
- Snorkelling and walking trips
Between the hours of 6am - 6pm AEST we live stream from our underwater camera in Pioneer Bay, Orpheus Island. Outside of those hours we make a video available that we recorded one morning on the bommie. Alternatively you can Meet the Residents via other videos.
This camera is situated between a bommie (coral outcrop) and an acropora outcrop. Most of the time it will be facing the bommie but occasionally you may see a view of the acropora, or otherwise slowly scanning around.
This camera looks across the bay and over the position of the underwater camera.