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What do penguins and coral reefs have in common? With Marji Puotinen

In this Live Lesson, learners will meet Marji Puotinen and discover some of the ocean’s most amazing creatures. What could be more different than Coral reefs and penguins? It seems they might have more in common than you would think!

Penguins live in icy Antarctica and coral reefs are found in the world's tropical regions - what could they possibly have in common? Finding the answer will require taking a deep dive to discover whether corals are a rock, an animal or a plant. You'll also learn how the superpower(s) penguins and coral reefs use to survive and thrive in their natural habitats can turn into a problem when the ocean water gets too hot, and you'll learn about a tasty experiment you can do at home!

Marji also has a fantastic range of videos about climate change for students, hosted on her Youtube channel.


Broadcast on Wed 1 Apr 2020
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 5-7, Ages 7-11

Don't forget to submit questions in advance via the Live Lesson tab in your user profile, once you have booked the lesson.

Live lesson outline

1. Introduction (5 mins)

The Live Lesson host welcomes students and outlines the lesson. There will also be shout-outs to any registered schools, so listen out for yours.

2. Presentation (20 mins)

The host will then introduce Marji Puotinen, who will take students through a short presentation. Students are encouraged to take notes about things they do and especially do not understand, as this will make the Q&A section a richer learning experience, and allow any misconceptions to be cleared up.

3. Pre-submitted questions (10 mins)

At this point, the team will answer as many pre-submitted questions as possible.

4. Live questions answered (10 mins)

The remaining time will be spent answering as many questions from the Youtube live chat as possible.


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Dr Marji Puotinen

Research Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Perth, Australia