Stradbroke Island Science Camps (SISC)

MBRS offers field and laboratory based education programs aimed at senior high school and undergraduate student groups through the Stradbroke Island Science Camp (SISC) program. MBRS is the perfect base to explore the incredible diversity of North Stradbroke Island (NSI) and Moreton Bay, and engage students in a meaningful and challenging out-of-classroom learning experience.

SISC's are custom designed and tailored to suit individual group requirements. MBRS work directly with teachers to develop an education program that includes field and laboratory based activities, workshops and lectures, all lead and delivered by UQ trained tutors. While camps typically last for 2-3 days, groups can opt for anything from a day-trip to two week program or longer.

The SISC program provides a unique opportunity for students to experience a field research station run by the University of Queensland, one of Australia's leading universities, The Stradbroke Island Science Camps attract local as well as interstate and international student groups.

The Stradbroke Island Science Camp Package includes:

  • Transport to/from the Island
  • Transport on Island
  • Catering
  • Accommodation at MBRS (UQ discounted rate)
  • Lecture theatre and laboratories
  • Field and scientific equipment
  • Custom designed education program
  • Student work-booklets (Education Queensland recognised and assessable)
  • University of Queensland tutors (15 students:1 tutor)
  • Cultural heritage tours, NSI Museum tours, Kayaking and other tours
  • Snorkelling and boating (Charter or MBRS vessels)
  • Risk Assessments for all activities
  • Fisheries permits - Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestries (DAFF); Marine & National Parks permits - Queensland Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport, and Racing (NPRSR); and Ethics permits
  • Groups can choose from a broad range of terrestrial, intertidal and marine based field activities

Learning programs cover a wide range of topics.

Programs include lectures, field and laboratory based activities.

  • Aboriginal Island Culture (tour)
  • Blue Lake Investigation (field)
  • 18 Mile Swamp Investigation (field)
  • Brown Lake Investigation
  • Brown Lake vs Blue Lake (field)
  • Brown Lake vs 18 Mile Swamp (field)
  • Catchment Management (lecture)
  • Coral Reefs (field - summer only)
  • Dolphin and Whale Ecology (lecture)
  • Effects of Marine Rubbish (field/lecture)
  • Environmental Chemistry (lecture)
  • Environmental Weeds (field)
  • Fire Ecology (field/lecture)
  • Fish Identification & Seine Netting (field)
  • Fisheries of Moreton Bay (lecture)
  • Flotsam and Jetsam (field)
  • Geology, Hydrology, and Geomorphology of Nth Stradbroke Is (lecture)
  • Greenhouse Effect (lecture/CD)
  • History of Nth Stradbroke Is (field/lecture)
  • Impact of Marine Rubbish (field/lecture)
  • Intertidal Shore Biology and Ecology
  • Management of Marine Parks (lecture/CD)
  • Manta Ray Ecology and Biology (lecture)
  • Mangroves (field)
  • Marine Mammals (field)
  • MBRS Cool Things (lecture)
  • Natural vs Disturbed Landscape Investigation (field)
  • Origin & Ecology of Moreton Bay & North Stradbroke Island (lecture)
  • Overview of North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Bay (lecture)
  • Plankton Workshop (Lab)
  • Poisonous & Venomous Animals (lecture)
  • Projects (Individual/Group)
  • Pt Lookout Gorge Walk (field)
  • Research at MBRS (lecture)
  • Rocky Shores Low Energy (field)
  • Rocky Shores High Energy (field)
  • Rocky Shore High Energy vs Low Energy (field)
  • Rocky Shore vs Sandy Shore (field)
  • Sand Dune Succession (field)
  • Sandmining and Human Impacts on NSI (field/lecture)
  • Sandy Shores (field)
  • Seagrass Investigation (field)
  • Trapping Techniques and Species Richness (field)
  • Trawling Activity
  • Turtles of Moreton Bay (lecture)
  • Other Activities By Arrangement

Individual projects

Individual projects or extended experimental investigations have become a very popular activity with both teachers and students alike. After a day or so of group activities that provide the students with a bag of analytical tools they then break into small groups (2 to 3) and intensively concentrate on testing a hypothesis. The students (with the help of their tutors) formalise their hypothesis, do some background reading, determine methods and materials, collect and analyse the data. The students then present their findings to each other via a PowerPoint presentation in a mock conference situation. The students are encouraged to ask each other questions and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each project.

Often this is the first experience that students have at truly independent thinking. There are no right or wrong answers - only the analysis of the data they found on the day. Most students find this very exciting.

Sample MS Powerpoint presentations from MacGregor SHS students:

Crabs.pdf (80kb)
Plankton.pdf (467kb)
Sponges.pdf (777kb)
Zonation of Rocky Shores.pdf (203kb)

Previous Feedback from teachers and students

"Thankyou so much for helping us plan a truly exciting and memorable camp." The Islamic School of Brisbane

"Thanks so much for the great opportunity to visit North Stradbroke and learn so much about marine life. Certainly an experience I will never forget!" Jessica Year 11

"Thank you for giving us this unique opportunity to expand our horizons and organising such an interesting and educational program." Students from Dunwich SHS

"As we drove up to Moreton Bay,
Your smile really lit up my day.
Your warmth feels like the summer sun,
Being with you is so much fun.
Your knowledge is as vast as the sea,
Thanks for imparting it to me."

From the students of Singapore Methodist Girls School to their MBRS tutor.

"Thankyou very much for the excellent service you provide for our recent biology camp. The students were very impressed by the facilities and area in general. See you next year." HOD Science Albany Creek SHS

"We would like to thankyou for all your assistance on our Year 11 Biology and Multi-strand Camp. All reports from students and teachers have been positive and we will look forward to using your services again on future camps." Scientific assistant, Isis District State High School