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Leviathan – The Astonishing Science and History of Whales iPad Inquiry

Across centuries and around the world whales have inspired awe.  They exemplify nature’s grandeur, have been linked to gods and monsters and hunted for their bounty of oil, bone and meat. Leviathan explores the diverse worlds of whales and people and brings together an extraordinary collection of objects and artworks from Australia, Asia and the Pacific.  The exhibition features a giant whale skull that can be virtually explored using an innovative app and extraordinary life-size projections.

This digital inquiry unpacks the Historical concepts of continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy and significance.  Additionally, students explore the Scientific concepts of biological science and science as a human endeavour.  The inquiry focuses on the cross curriculum priorities of sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture.  Students respond using a variety of forms, including photographic, video, audio, written, opinion scales and selection tasks to show their understanding.

Students will use iPads to engage with the leviathan exhibition as they learn about the astonishing science and history of whales. The digital inquiry promotes critical engagement with modern whaling debates and investigates the themes of whale science, conservation and spiritual and cultural connections

Upon returning to school, teachers are able to download student responses, serving as data which can be used to inform future learning engagements.

Complete your visit with a climb to the top of the Port Adelaide lighthouse and explore the Port River, cruising on board the historic police launch Archie Badenoch.

It is recommended participants wear closed in flat shoes as climbing up and down ladders and the lighthouse may be required.

The Museum has a class set of iPads which will be available for use.