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Plankton superpowers and marine food webs

Type: Guided

$225 per group (max 15 students)
60 min
1 2 3 4
Science Humanities & Social Science
Plankton superpowers and marine food webs

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About the program

Program structure

The program is divided into three parts:

  1. An introduction to plankton in our education space. This will include a short video about plankton superpowers and a short discussion about adaptations and food chains using marine specimens.
  2. A short walk to the museum’s wharf to catch plankton with a plankton net.
  3. Observing plankton under a digital microscope.

Available: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday


Curriculum references

Australian Curriculum

Year 1: Science - ACSSU017, ACSSU211, ACSHE022

Year 2: Science - ACSSU030, ACSHE035

Year 3: Science - ACSSU044, ACSHE050

Year 4: Science - ACSHE061, ACSSU072, ACSSU073


NSW Stage 1


Living World


  • describe the external features of a variety of living things
  • identify and group plants and animals using their external features
  • identify that living things live in different places that suit their needs
  • recognise that people use science and technology in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things


NSW Stage 2


Living World


  • collect data and identify patterns to group living things according to their external features, and distinguish them from non-living things
  • identify that science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships
  • identify that living things have life cycles
  • describe how living things depend on each other and the environment to survive

Further information

Cost: $225 per group with a maximum of 15 students or $300 when booked together with Ocean pollution and waste management.

Ratio: A supervisor/student ratio of 1:15 applies.

Teachers and supervising adults visit FREE of charge within the ratios specified in Plan Your School Visit.

  • A supervisor/student ratio of 1:15 applies.
  • Duration and start/finish times: contingent upon student numbers and will be arranged and explained during booking.
  • Breaks: you're welcome to take recess or lunch at the museum before or after the program, but mid-program breaks must be arranged at time of booking.
  • Entry to exhibitions and vessels: all bookings include FREE entry to museum exhibitions and HMAS Vampire, time permitting. All other vessels require pre-booking. A supervisor/student ratio of 1:15 applies on HMAS Vampire.