Student Challenge - What’s a fungus got to do with frogs?
Frogs are a critical indicator of ecosystem health. In the past 20 years, nine frog species have become extinct in Australia, often from pristine environments that have not been directly affected by pollution or habitat destruction.
A disease caused by the Chytrid fungus is thought to have caused the decline in frog populations and Earthwatch’s Student Challengers are helping to find out why some species are dying out and others are flourishing.
Earthwatch developed Student Challenge in response to the decline in students studying science. It places high school students on specially tailored field research projects. The experiential, "learning through doing" process is a powerful motivator to engage students in science education.
“I now see science and fieldwork as much more interesting and I really enjoyed the hands on work and practicality of the project”
Jacqueline Duong, Brimbank College, VIC
This understanding of science helps students to appreciate the world they live in, respond to challenges and manage change. The research staff provides encouragement, advice and support for students who are at a pivotal point in decision making for their futures.
This summer the George Alexander Foundation supported Student Challenge by giving 19 students from across the country who would not otherwise have had the opportunity, the chance to contribute to vital conservation research.
Student Challenge is on again in 2008. If you are interested in supporting this program please contact Earthwatch on 03 9682 6828 or at email@example.com