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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 Wed 10 Nov 2021
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 7-11, Ages 11-14
Learning Outcomes

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 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 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. My 'wowiest' moment (5 mins)

One of CARMABI’s research scientists will introduce themselves and talk about their wowiest moment exploring underwater.

3. My STEM job (10 mins)

We start by looking at different aspects of being a marine biologist. Students can take notes on the Meet a scientist student sheet. The sections of the student sheet that will be covered in this step are:

  • How do they do their job? (less able students may wish to note verbs involved in this role)

  • Equipment

  • Exploring (i.e. the focus of their studies)

  • Passions and skills involved in the role

You may wish to complete the ‘Describe this job’ section during the lesson or use it as a plenary activity after the lesson.

4. My STEM career (10 mins)

This section takes students on the journey that the scientist has followed from childhood to being a professional scientist. Students are encouraged to note the steps in the coloured cycle on the student sheet.

5. Q&A (15 mins)

During this live lesson, we will be using presubmitted 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

Matthew james Bennet CL2021

Matthew-James Bennett

Research and field assistant, CARMABI

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