Student Research Possibilities
Here are some suggestions for secondary school student research possibilities:
National Aquarium help students carry out a fair test for their project using our residents and aquatic resources. Some ideas are:
- Does water temperature cause fish to swim at different speeds?
- Will various forms of food cause more growth in a fish?
- Does oxygen weed grow more with increased carbon dioxide?
- Can seaweed forecast the weather?
Y11 NCEA AS90161 1.1
- Carry out a practical biological investigation with direction.
- Osmosis study of phytoplankton in polluted and clean water.
Y12 NCEA AS90457 2.1
- Carry out a practical biological investigation with supervision.
- Life exposed. Using a supply of brine shrimp / nauplii to conduct an investigation.
Y13 NCEA AS90713 3.1
- Carry out an investigation into an aspect of an ecological niche, inter-relationships and community pattern of an organism with guidance.
- For example, students could:
- Use a supply of brine shrimp / nauplii to measure dissolved oxygen and the effects of pollution.
- Measure their growth in different temperatures, ie. 18°C, 22°C, 26°C.
Design your own Research
The National Aquarium is flexible in providing assistance using our library, collections and equipment.
You may want to think about using the National Aquarium to do a formative assessment at any of the three levels prior to doing the summative assessment at school. This could be an opportunity to discuss experimental design, fair testing, independent and dependent variables, how we control other variables, and experiments can even be set up and run at the aquarium.