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The Plankton Challenge

Plankton exhibit a range of adaptations to assist them to remain within the photic zone. In this lesson, students will construct a plankton model and simulate real life adaptations through using different types of materials. The aim is to construct a model that exhibits neutral buoyancy.


  • Adaptations
  • Plankton


  • 7-10
  • Early 3-6
  • Late 3-6



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Students will:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of plankton form and function.
  • Evaluate a range of materials and designs to achieve neutral buoyancy.

Australian Curriculum Outcomes

  • ACSIS053
  • ACSIS060
  • ACSIS064
  • ACSIS071
  • ACSIS093
  • ACSIS108
  • ACSIS110
  • ACSIS215
  • ACSIS216
  • ACSIS218
  • ACSIS221
  • ACSIS231
  • ACSSU043
  • ACSSU149

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