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1982 STAQ Navigation and Geology Trial

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ISBN : None allocated

Published Date : 01 June 1982

Product Code : 1982 STAQ

Format : Free PDF for download

First attempt at navigation and geology as a new syllabus content area with year 11 students at Gladstone SHS based on teaching ideas and philosophies from the Marine Centre Woodbridge Tasmania.

  • The first pic to the left shows the models the kids made to show the bathymetry of Gladstone Harbour.  
  • The second pic shows an activity involving a black box with a wire representing an echo sounder. The kids had to make up a bathymetric profile from the "black box"
  • Third pic shows students using borrowed equipment and local charts to plot a voyage to North West Island.
  • Fourth pic Gladstone staffroom 1981
  • Fifth pic Allistar Martin Marine Centre Woodbridge Tasmania - 

Results from these early lessons taught me that kids who were poor at maths, really improved by using navigation in teh real world and so began the quest for better things.

Teachers Information

First attempt at navigation and geology as a new syllabus content area in the 1980 Draft Multistrand Science Syllabus

One consequence of the rapid growth in the use of technology in our society is the increase of leisure time available. The demand for education in the sensible use of this leisure time provides a challenge to schools. Schools have the opportunity, indeed the responsibility, to provide a balanced curriculum which pays due attention to the development of potential recreational activities. The concept of this core topic is to encourage an appreciation of the role of science and scientific methods in recreational pursuits.

Survival techniques
This topic is concerned with providing the student with skills associated with his well being in outdoor studies which may be extended to adult life. Possible areas of study include navigation (e.g. celestial, orienteering), first aid, bushcraft (e.g. locating food and water, finding protection from the elements).  

Man lives on the surface of the earth on which he is dependent for food, clothing, shelter and movement. But he also lives at the bottom of an ocean of air. His survival is dependent on the exist­ence of favourable conditions of temperature, pressure and chemical composition of this surrounding atmosphere. The state of the atmos­phere is a major determinant of weather and hence influences our everyday existence. To understand, to appreciate and to survive in his immediate everyday environment, it is essential that man develops an understanding of the many factors, and their complex interrelation­ships, which influence the weather and the related atmospheric environment.   



  • Characteristics of the Coastal Zone 

  • Geological History 

  • Types of Shores 

  • Sediments 

  • The Importance of the Coastline


  • Where Estuaries are found

  • Charts and Navigation

  • Latitude and Longitude

  • The Nautical Mile

  • The Compass Rose

  • Geographical and Magnetic North

  • Laying off a Course

  • Soundings 

  • Estuarine Bathymetric Profiles

  • The Continental Shelf

  • Harbour Navigation - Buoys, Beacons, and Markers

Classroom activities and experiments

  1. Charting your Classroom 

  2. Basic Estuarine Navigation 

  3. Laying off a Course

  4. Bathymetric analysis

  5. Estuarine Profiles

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