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What is a coral polyp?

We start this Science Club Live with looking at the coral animal itself. It’s amazing to think that this underwater world is made by an animal measuring from just a few millimetres across. The core of this first session is the Incredible Edible Polyp activity. This is a really fun way of using common food items to make an edible model of the coral polyp, the animal that makes the reef.

The live lesson will focus on reviewing this activity and deepening understanding of the coral animal. It is expected that students will have completed the activity and viewed some of the multimedia before they join the live lesson.

Remember that questions and shout outs can be submitted up to 24 hours in advance for booked lessons via your user profile.

Broadcast on Mon 6 Apr 2020
  • 30 mins
  • Ages 7-11, Ages 11-14

The live lesson assumes that students and families will have completed the Incredible Edible Polyp activity.

There is also a good range of multimedia to broaden knowledge of the coral polyp and wider reef environment. These are great to help prepare questions in advance.

Start your journey as a coral explorer by watching a short video about the kind of people who make up a coral expedition team as they set sail to investigate the reef. Then take your own underwater journey using immersive imagery captured by the expedition on the Great Barrier Reef.

The Gallery showing the different scales of the coral ecosystem show how a tiny polyp can create a huge coral reef mosaic visible from space.

Session steps

1. Introduction (5 mins)
The Live Lesson host welcomes students and outlines the lesson. There will also be shout-outs to any students or families that have registered.

2. Presentation (5 mins)
The host will go over the basics of the coral polyp and its anatomy, as well as some of the scales involved on the coral reef.

3. Q&A session (20 mins)
We will answer as many pre-submitted and live chat questions as possible.


Coral Live 2018 Jamie Buchanan Dunlop

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu