Classification of animals on the Reef

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

STEMLinc Video Conferencing: Discover the diversity of animals found on the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. Gain an understanding of how taxonomic classification is used for identifying animals and the hierarchical system and scientific conventions for naming species. Students will use the physical similarities and differences of particular features to group the different Reef organisms. Join the  team from Reef HQ live from Townsville,  for an engaging lesson tailored to the Victorian Curriculum. (Image: Reef HQ)

Booking Options:  There are two options for the Reef HQ suite of programs:

1. Fixed STEMLinc dates/times for booking this event will appear each term in the table below.

2. Schools with a minimum of 3 classes wishing to book alternate dates should contact Reef HQ directly ( to negotiate a suitable date and time.  Ecolinc will cover the costs for a limited number of alternate date bookings each term.

Year Level: 7-8

Duration: 1 hour

STEM in a box: No.

The following video resources are available:

Please see Classification of Reef Creatures for more program details and links to additional reference materials.

Background Information:  The Great Barrier Reef, extends for over 2,300 kilometres (1429 miles) along the north-eastern coast of Australia and is home to over 9,000 known species. In this lesson, students will engage in classification of commonly found marine animals on the Great Barrier Reef.

Prior Knowledge: No prior knowledge required

Learning Intentions:

In this video conference students will: .

  • Develop an understanding of what classification is
  • Appreciate why we classify Reef animals and its importance
  • Learn about the major groupings of animals on the Reef


In this video conference students will:

  • Test their knowledge in an interactive classification activity
  • Interact with presenters and be able ask individual questions
  • Have access to supporting materials for pre- and/or post-event study

Victorian Curriculum:

Science – Biological science

  • There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (VCSSU091)

IMPORTANT:  Cancellation Policy

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  2. Any cancellations need to be received in time for STEMLinc to re-sell your tickets to other teachers.
  3. Please use the Eventbrite confirmation email to facilitate any cancellation of your booking.  That will automatically release your ticket for re-sale on our system.
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