Explorers Education Programme Overview
The Explorers Education Programme provides fun lesson plans, resources and activities for primary school teachers to inspire their student’s interest and knowledge in our ocean, marine environment, species and seashores.
The Explorers Education officer and other Explorer participants provide regular updates about our oceans, as well as some fun lessons, activities and exciting experiments that can be used in class.
If you’re not already part of the Explorers Education Programme, find out how to register. Join us in showing your pupils how important the marine is to everyday life! A range of activities are offered including having an Explorers saltwater aquarium in the classroom; completing and presenting a marine project in class; attending a seashore safari; or taking part in marine workshops.
The Explorer lesson plans and activities aim to integrate marine themes into strands taught in primary schools. The lessons plans are based on the Irish NCCA Primary School Curriculum including Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE) which are presented through Science, Geography and History. Additional subjects include Mathematics, Language, Physical Education and Arts Education which are carried out through Visual Arts, Music and Drama.
The Explorers team have compiled a selection of teachers resources including class presentations, information books and illustrations that can be used with the Explorer lesson plans. These include background information about the seashore and Ireland s marine territory.
The Explorers team have found a number of marine related resources and websites that can be used to support teaching students about our oceans and the seas around Ireland’s coastline.
“Ask an Explorers Marine Scientist” is dedicated to answering questions relating to marine education. Check the Question & Answer Archive for all kinds of interesting information and answers to questions about the ocean and the species that live there.
The Marine Institute and the Explorer partners have designed a number of training courses and workshops available for teachers and students to learn about our oceans.
If you have any queries relating to the Explorers Education Programme, see the following contacts.