Bush Blitz TeachLive FAQs
Which year levels do you need to teach in order to apply?
All teachers who teach year 5-8 students are encouraged to apply. You don’t need to be science-trained nor an experienced biological sciences teacher, you just need to be passionate about science, science teaching and keen to share your experiences with your school community.
However you do need to be an individual member of your state or territory Science Teachers Association, so join now!
How much does participation cost?
The Bush Blitz program partners will fund your transport and accommodation to and from the survey, as well as your costs during the expedition itself. We will also subsidise the cost of your replacement teacher by providing your school with funding of $300 per school day you are absent.
We do advise that you bring some spending money to cover food and other costs while you are in transit.
What happens to my students while I am on the expedition?
Each participating teacher is required to prepare lesson plans for their replacement teacher(s) to conduct with their students while they are in the field. The nature of these lessons is up to you, but if you are looking for inspiration you can check out lessons posted by teachers on previous expeditions at http://bushblitz.teachlive.org.au/Bush-Blitz-TeachLive/2013-Team and http://bushblitz.teachlive.org.au/Bush-Blitz-TeachLive/2014-Team and clicking on the name of each school.
Remember, while Bush Blitz focuses on science the sky is really the limit in terms of the subjects that can be involved. Past participants have reported to us that upon returning to their schools they have incorporated their experience into everything from mathematics projects to lessons in art and Indigenous history.
And one other point to remember – if you can’t make it to this expedition or you are unsuccessful in your application (sorry!) your class can still follow the teachers in the field. It’s a great way for them to learn about nature and see science in action.
Can I promote this opportunity to other teachers?
Of course! We’re delighted for you to spread the word :)
Will there be expeditions to other parts of Australia in the future?
Each Bush Blitz expedition travels to a different part of Australia. For example the 2013 and 2014 Bush Blitz TeachLive expeditions were conducted in the red centre and the Kimberley region of Western Australia. We are currently in the process of planning the Bush Blitz program for 2016 and 2017, but be assured that all the potential survey sites look amazing!
Earthwatch will also be running a (non Bush Blitz) TeachLive expedition for Victorian teachers in October 2015. The teachers will participate in the Snorkelling for Queensland’s Marine Mammals Earthwatch expedition, where they will study the wildlife and habitats of Moreton Bay to help determine the impact of pollution and climate change on this critical ecosystem.
The eligibility criteria, costs and other information for this expedition are somewhat different to those for Bush Blitz TeachLive, so if you have registered your interest keep an eye out and we will email you these details soon.
To find out more about this opportunity, or to register your interest, go to www.teachlive.org.au.