McKenzie’s main project with AusOcean involves the development of the online e-learning materials that support AusOceans school STEM program; Network Blue. Network Blue allows students to engage in projects dealing with real world problems in ocean science, while learning about environmental science, marine biology, ecology and even data science.
The internship position combines both of McKenzie’s main academic interests; science and teaching. The internship role will enable direct engagement with individual schools and their cohort of teachers and students, providing skills that will become very useful for McKenzie’s degree, placements and future as an educator. The development of the online learning materials allows McKenzie to practice one of the most fundamental teaching skills, the creation of engaging and meaningful lessons and instructional materials. In addition to the education side of things, McKenzie was inspired to book in for a PADI scuba diving course to get the most out of AusOcean maintenance and deployment trips, which is something he likely never would have thought of doing before the internship.