River links new lessons on the Murray
Modern technology will connect people along an ancient river system, in a program to show students the ongoing importance of the Murray Darling Basin.
Education and excitement will help kids discover the links between their own communities and other parts of the system in the MDBA's Basin Champions program.
MDBA education director Will Inveen says the Basin Champions secondary school program will fire up in term three on 30 July, following the success of the primary school program in term two.
“This unique program uses videoconferencing to extend students' work as they investigate the health of a river or creek in their area,” Mr Inveen said.
"Each week students from participating schools are connected with each other and with MDBA water experts to discuss their projects and have questions answered on the spot."
The program will even help high school students undertake research on a topic relevant to their community, and present it to the other schools.
“This means students learn from each other about how their community, large or small, can have an effect on the broader Murray–Darling system,” he said.
The program lines up with elements from the Years 7 to 9 geography, history and science strands of the Australian Curriculum.
“The videoconference sessions will address why things like local economies, salinity, native fish, water sharing and river operations are important to the overall health of the Murray–Darling Basin.
“We've had high schools from across the Basin register but we'd love more students on board, especially from Queensland and northern New South Wales,” Mr Inveen said.
More information is available at the official Basin Champions site.