Year 8 KICE students from Kingscote assist KI/VH Dolphin Watch with data collection

The Kangaroo Island Regional Science Hub managed to secure funding for Year 8 students from Kingscote to get out on the water and assist KI/VH Dolphin Watch with data collection efforts.

Two groups of Year 8 students from Kingscote Campus of Kangaroo Island Community Education (KICE) recently got out on the water with KI/VH Dolphin Watch to help with dolphin monitoring and data collection.

Becoming young citizen scientists for the day, the Year 8 students were lucky enough to experience good conditions and observe dolphins around the north coast of KI.

Emma Bell, Science and HASS teacher from Kingscote campus, who organised the activities for her students, said the students hadn't stopped talking about their trip.

"We had two fantastic trips out on the water and were thrilled to spot several dolphins amongst the pods with very distinctive fins," Ms Bell said.

"The students were actively engaged in taking photographs and eager to analyse these later to identify known dolphins."

The trip, a postponed activity from National Science Week, was organised through the Kingscote campus along with Dolphin Watch and Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures through funding secured by the KI Regional Science Hub and Inspiring South Australia.

"Thank you to Phyll, Tony, Andrew and Ross for providing our students with such a fantastic learning opportunity. We are so lucky to have experiences like this available to us on Kangaroo Island!" Ms Bell said.

Tony Bartram from KI/VH Dolphin Watch and a former KICE science teacher, said the on-water element complemented the classroom presentation earlier in the year.

"The dolphin pods encountered were as intrigued by the students as the students were by them, and both seemed to enjoy the encounter equally," Mr Bartram said.

"We are very grateful to wonderful teacher Emma Bell for organising the students' involvement in both a classroom presentation earlier in the year and follow up Citizen Science efforts, and to the students for their fantastic data acquisition, enthusiasm and support."

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