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Meet a coral scientist

This live lesson explores the work of a coral scientist, what a day in the life of a marine researcher is like, and also a chance for students to ask any questions about work and life exploring the wonders of coral. The conversation will also be guided by questions submitted by schools.

Broadcast on Mon 16 Nov 2020
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 7-11
Curriculum links

Working scientifically and STEM careers

  • Daily life of a marine scientist
  • Career paths for marine scientist
  • Relating professional working scientifically skills, e.g. observing and testing, to the classroom

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 lessons in the Coral Oceans unit for ages 7-11 or teach a 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 steps

1. Introduction (5 mins)
Jamie will open the live lesson with a welcome and introduction to Coral Live and the CARMABI research station, as well as giving shout outs to students and schools.

2. Meet the scientist (10 mins)
We start by talking about what the daily life of a scientist is like, what the best bits and the worst bits are.

3. STEM careers (10 mins)
The next section of the live lesson focuses on STEM careers. How do you become a marine scientist and end up exploring the underwater world? Learn about the types of things you can do at all stages of your education to pursue a career in science.

4. Underwater explorer (10 mins)
What is the coral reef really like and how do you feel on your first dive? In this section, we find out more about the wonders of the reef and some fun facts that every child should know about coral.

5. Q&A (10 mins)
During this live lesson, we will be using pre-submitted and live chat questions to guide the conversation, and we will use this time to cover any questions that we haven’t managed to get to.


Coral Live 2018 Jamie Buchanan Dunlop

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu

Ben mueller

Ben Mueller

PhD, Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow University of Amsterdam & University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa