On Monday 3 February all Biodiversity students walked to the main campus to the Palaeontology department of Flinders University for a taster into this fascinating field of research. They had tasters from a variety of fields within the Palaeontology department and were wowed by the knowledge, enthusiasm and fossils presented to all year 10 and 11 students. The session formed an introduction to the puzzling question of why the mega fauna became largely extinct in Australia, a topic students are exploring over the next week for their first assignment.
Next Monday, we will revisit the lecturers and PhD students from the Palaeontology department and participate in workshops delivered by the experts to allow students to clarify their research based views on the topic. Skills that we aim to develop through this exercise are those associated with academic writing and the use of researched sources to support beliefs about a topic.