CATEGORY: 3-4, 5-6, STEMLinc

Mammals: Alaska Sealife Center

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

STEMLinc Video Conferencing: Visit Alaska…virtually! Discover how these mammals are able to thrive in Alaska’s frigid waters by observing the resident harbor seals and sea lions.  Using interactive video conferencing equipment or just a laptop & webcam,  your students can expand their scientific experience via live, multi-media presentations. Using inquiry-based learning, these conferences incorporate live animals (whenever possible) and current research programs happening at the dynamic Alaska Sea-Life Center! (Image: Alaska Sealife Centre)

NOTE: This program is by ZOOM only.

Year Level Suitability: 3 – 6

Duration: 1 hour

STEM in a box:

You will receive a teacher guide and a student worksheet for printing off.

Background Information:

Marine mammals are animals that breathe air through lungs, are warm-blooded, have hair (at some time during their life), give birth to live young and suckle their young.  Marine mammals also get all or most of their food from the ocean.

Marine mammals are a diverse group thought to have evolved from terrestrial ancestors to aquatic life through a number of unique physical adaptations.

Prior Knowledge:

No prior knowledge assumed

Learning Intentions:

In this program students will:

  • Learn how adaptations are essential for survival in extreme environments
  • Discover the unique characteristics of mammals
  • Learn how to apply the scientific method


In this program students will:

  • Use inquiry-based learning that incorporates live animals (whenever possible) and current research programs happening at the dynamic Alaska Sea-Life Center
  • Examine various mammals and chart their various adaptations
  • Define the word ‘adaptation’
  • Describe marine mammals specific to Alaskan waters

Victorian Curriculum:

Level 3- 4

Science – Biological Sciences

  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive. VCSSU058

Level 5-6

Science – Biological Sciences

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment VCSSU075

IMPORTANT:  Cancellation Policy

  1. When you book you will receive an automated message from Eventbrite.  Save this carefully please.
  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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