The Explorers Education Programme aims to integrate marine themes as closely as possible with lessons already taught in national schools through the Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE) curriculum and other cross curricular subjects.
The Explorers Programme was initiated through the Marine Institute and educators including the Galway Education Centre, Galway Atlantaquaria, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland, Galway and the Connemara Environmental, Educational & Cultural Centre (CEECC) at Letterfrack to name a few.
The “Explorers” programme is currently used by over 50 schools throughout Ireland in collaboration with Galway Atlantaquaria, Sea Life Bray, Blackrock Education Centre and the Lifetime Lab, University College Cork . Our successes to date include:
- The annual “SESE and the Sea” 5-day in-service teachers’ training course in Oranmore.
- Opening of the Explorers Laboratory and Nautilus classroom at Galway Atlantaquaria.
- Explorers Education programme with an education co-ordinator introducing marine initiatives into the school curriculum.
- Sponsorship and an annual presence at exhibitions such as the BT Young Scientist Exhibition, Sea2Sky, Galway Science and Technology Festival and World Ocean Day.
- Field trips aboard the research vessels RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager.
- Ongoing development of educational material in hard and electronic copy.
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