To foster curiosity, imagination, knowledge and enthusiasm for 'real world' science and vocational maritime studies for Primary, Middle and Secondary school students MTAQ has established the following community and government partnership projects. .
Our list of achievements includes publications, professional development programs, agreements and memoranda of understanding, certificates and licences for members, a curriculum exchange of ideas, exam papers and teaching pedagogy, professional development programs, workshops and conferences.
Primary Marine Studies
- The Australian Marine Environmental Protection Agency (AUSMEPA)
- The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authorities Reef Guardians Program, the AUSMEPA Kid and Water literacy program.
- The Marine Education Society of Australia's Seaweek program.
Junior Marine Studies Syllabus
- This is taught from the National Science Curriculum or the MTAQ Junior Marine Syllabus where students are introduced to topics such as boating, canoeing, snorkelling, marine conservation, pollution, coastlines, shipwrecks and fishing - to name but a few.
- In Year 10, many schools run specialised units in marine biology or oceanography to provide students with an insight into senior marine subjects.
- Many schools in Queensland offer Junior Marine Studies as either a one, two or three year course, with many practical and innovate programs that cater specifically for the maturity and intellectual abilities of the school population.
- Marine studies can easily be extended when Year 7 becomes part of high school.
Senior Marine Studies
- The Queensland Studies Authority approved Marine Studies Syllabus is designed for students who want to undertake tertiary studies. Over 70 of our school membership offer this subject over a two year period to students aged between 15 and 18.
- The Queensland Studies Authority approved Marine and Aquatic Practices syllabus is designed for students who do not want to undertake tertiary studies and who want to get a job as soon as they leave Year 12. This course combines vocational and life skills into a dynamic program of very useful education. Over 80 of our school membership offer this subject over a two-year period to students aged between 15 and 18.
- In many schools, elements of marine studies such as oceanography, marine biology, boating or snorkelling are taught in year 10.
- All schools doing Queensland Studies Authority subjects cover the Maritime Safety Queensland Boatsafe Syllabus. Yachting Queensland runs a Schedule A partnership program with MTAQ, where students can obtain their Recreational Marine Drivers Licence (RMDL) as part of their school studies.
- An innovative Marine Safety Day run with regional marine communities, allows students to participate in activities to help them survive accidents that could occur at sea.
- In 2010 MTAQ won the prestigious Doherty Award for partnership programs that enhanced Queensland students career pathways in marine science.