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Caring for coral

During this live lesson, students will look at two different areas of reef, a healthy area and one that has been degraded by healthy activity. After a discussion about how these two different areas make them feel, students will be introduced to one of the scientists working on coral conservation, and hear what they are doing to help restore coral reefs. The final section of the lesson looks at four main areas that we will all need to focus on to ensure that we have coral reefs into the future.

Broadcast on Fri 12 Nov 2021
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 11-14
Learning Outcomes
  • Explore how human activity can have positive and negative impacts on the reef
  • Understand how changes in the environment can harm individual organisms and cause entire species to go extinct

If you have never joined a live lesson before, see the guidance hub, where you will find technical and educational support.

Live lessons work best when students have some prior knowledge and have prepared questions. You can select from any of the STEAM activities in the Coral Oceans collection or teach the one-off Coral Live prep lesson.

Questions generated by your class can be submitted via the Encounter Live tab in your Encounter Edu profile.

Session outline

1. Introduction (5 mins)

Jamie will open the session with a welcome and brief introduction to the expedition.

2. Exploring the reef (10 mins)

We will visit two areas of the reef near the CARMABI research station to see what the difference is between a healthy reef and a degraded reef. Students can use the live chat to say how each section of the reef makes them feel.

3. Helping the reef (10 mins)

We will meet a member of the team based at the CARMABI research station and learn about their work in conserving and restoring the coral reef, showing how humans can have both a positive and negative impact on the natural world.

4. Caring for coral (10 mins)

Jamie will work with the coral conservation researcher finding out what coral needs to stay healthy and opening up a discussion about how we can all care for coral wherever we are.

5. Q&A (10 mins)

After completing the activity Jamie will answer some of the questions students have submitted before suggesting other Coral Live activities you might like to try.


Coral Live 2018 Jamie Buchanan Dunlop

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu

Spaeker Rene Van Der Zande

Dr Rene van der Zande

Research Scientist, University of Queensland

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