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Overview

The Queensland Museum (QM) has a suite of educational online tools, resources, games and activities centred within a local Queensland context, that are useful for students and teachers investigating biodiversity within their school grounds and local environment. Links to online learning resources investigating biodiversity, principles of sustainability and the impact of climate change and human activities on habitat and ecosystems within Queensland, have been listed below.

Biodiversity - Online Learning Resources

Biodiscovery and the Great Barrier Reef
This resource has been developed for middle school-year 12 students to experience the majesty and unique features of the Great Barrier Reef, learn about the potential for some marine organisms to produce biochemicals for treatment of disease, investigate adaptations reef inhabitants have made to survive in the marine environment and explore how climate change and human activities are impacting on the reef environment.

Dinosaurs, Climate Change and Biodiversity
Dinosaurs, Climate Change and Biodiversity provides useful information about dinosaurs discovered recently in outback Queensland, dinosaur extinction theories, the effects of past climate change on the evolution and extinction of Australian animal species (such as the Megafauna) and how to live sustainably. There are also a number of educational resources available to teachers and students, including fact sheets, activities, worksheets and interactive games. Although designed for middle school students, Dinosaurs, Climate Change and Biodiversity also contains content that is suitable for students in upper primary and above.

Eco-Online
Designed for secondary students, this resource is a case study of the development of the Couran Cove resort on South Stradbroke Island and provides students with the opportunity to explore environmental and sustainability issues related to the tourism industry.

Mangrove Challenge
Mangrove Challenge provides students with an opportunity to explore the life and habitat of the water mouse (a Queensland endangered species) through inquiry-based learning activities and fieldwork. This resource is suitable for upper primary-year 12.

Wild Backyards (QSS website, Biodiversity Section 10.33Q)
Developed for students in years 6-9, Wild Backyards encourages students to discover the diversity of life in their backyards and schoolgrounds, through a variety of hands-on activities and learning opportunities.

Biodiscovery and the Great Barrier Reef
This resource has been developed for middle school-year 12 students to experience the majesty and unique features of the Great Barrier Reef, learn about the potential for some marine organisms to produce biochemicals for treatment of disease, investigate adaptations reef inhabitants have made to survive in the marine environment and explore how climate change and human activities are impacting on the reef environment.

Dinosaurs, Climate Change and Biodiversity
Dinosaurs, Climate Change and Biodiversity provides useful information about dinosaurs discovered recently in outback Queensland, dinosaur extinction theories, the effects of past climate change on the evolution and extinction of Australian animal species (such as the Megafauna) and how to live sustainably. There are also a number of educational resources available to teachers and students, including fact sheets, activities, worksheets and interactive games. Although designed for middle school students, Dinosaurs, Climate Change and Biodiversity also contains content that is suitable for students in upper primary and above.

Eco-Online
Designed for secondary students, this resource is a case study of the development of the Couran Cove resort on South Stradbroke Island and provides students with the opportunity to explore environmental and sustainability issues related to the tourism industry.

Mangrove Challenge
Mangrove Challenge provides students with an opportunity to explore the life and habitat of the water mouse (a Queensland endangered species) through inquiry-based learning activities and fieldwork. This resource is suitable for upper primary-year 12.

Wild Backyards (QSS website, Biodiversity Section 10.33Q)
Developed for students in years 6-9, Wild Backyards encourages students to discover the diversity of life in their backyards and schoolgrounds, through a variety of hands-on activities and learning opportunities.

QM Loans

The QM has a loans service whereby Queensland schools can borrow learning resource kits, museum specimens and artefacts for use in the classroom.  Some of the learning resource kits focus on biodiversity and have been prepared by QM Teachers in-residence to link directly to school curricula.  Borrowing is via subscription or casual payment and is available in both metropolitan and regional areas. 

For more information on the types of resource available and how to borrow from QM loans, access the link below:

QM Loans service

The QM has a loans service whereby Queensland schools can borrow learning resource kits, museum specimens and artefacts for use in the classroom.  Some of the learning resource kits focus on biodiversity and have been prepared by QM Teachers in-residence to link directly to school curricula.  Borrowing is via subscription or casual payment and is available in both metropolitan and regional areas. 

For more information on the types of resource available and how to borrow from QM loans, access the link below:

QM Loans service