Dr Ben Arthur1, Mr Ben Rae1
1CSIRO Marine National Facility, Hobart, Australia
The Marine National Facility (MNF) offers Australia’s future marine scientists, managers, and teachers unique education and training opportunities on board the world class research vessel Investigator. Teachers and students from primary to tertiary education can get hands-on with the real world application of STEM related to Australia’s marine and coastal environments, both when the ship is in port and at sea. From the ‘CSIRO Educator on Board’ program which imbeds teachers on research voyages, the ‘Floating Classroom’ initiative which opens up the vessel’s labs and facilities for on-board classes when in port around Australia, the ‘CAPSTAN’ postgraduate sea training program, to live ship-to-classroom linkups. The MNF is uniquely placed to help support and develop the next generation of experts needed to address the challenges of managing Australia’s marine and coastal environments and economies into the future. Here we provide an overview of STEM education and training activities currently delivered by the MNF, and discuss the future of the Facility as a unique training platform within Australia’s innovation system.
Ben Arthur has worked in science education and engagement at the CSIRO since 2011. He currently coordinates stakeholder engagement programs at the Marine National Facility, which centre around Australia’s blue water research vessel Investigator. He has worked on a wide range of science engagement and education projects, with a particular interest in the marine and Antarctic sciences. Ben holds a PhD in marine ecology.