The Explorers' News, Blog and Events space shows updates from schools that are taking part in the Explorers programme. Currently, the programme is run in over 50 schools in Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Dublin and Bray with support from:
Explorers' Newsletters & Explorers' Scéal
The Explorers' Newsletter is produced by the Explorers' groups based on the West coast of Ireland. The Explorers' Scéal newsletter is produced by the Explorer's group based in Dublin. The newsletters are filled with interesting facts, photographs and stories involving the schools that are taking part in the Explorers Education programme.
Learn more about the Explorers' Science Experiments and Explorer tanks in the newsletters attached below:
West Coast of Ireland:
Explorers' Newsletter 1 (PDF, 296 KB)
East Coast of Ireland:
To see newsletters produced from previous years see Past Events & Stories below:
Explorers' Scéal 13 (PDF, 2.22 MB)
Explorers' Scéal 12 (PDF, 337 KB)
Explorers' Scéal 11 (PDF, 374 KB)
Explorers' Scéal 10 (PDF, 267KB)
Explorers' Scéal 9 (PDF, 36KB
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Explorers Primary Marine Science Workshops Lifetime Lab, Cork - March 2013
The Lifetime Lab and the Marine Institute presented up to one thousand 3rd and 4th primary school students with the Explorers Certificate of Participation, after they had completed the Explorers Primary Marine Science Workshops held at the Lifetime Lab, Cork over two weeks from 11th – 22nd March 2013.
For more on the story see:
The lesson plans and activities used at these workshops are available to download from Explorers Lesson Plans
Past Explorers' Events & Stories
The Explorers' Past Events & Stories space shows events and projects completed by students who have taken part in the Explorers programme since 2006.
Explorers' Scéal 8 (PDF, 260KB)
Explorers' Scéal 7 (PDF, 437KB)
Explorers' Scéal 6 (PDF, 653KB)
Explorers' Scéal 5 (PDF, 258KB)
Explorers' Scéal 2011:
Explorers' Scéal 4 (PDF, 632KB)
Explorers' Scéal 3 (PDF, 330KB)
Explorers' Scéal 2010:
Explorers' Scéal 2 (PDF, 2.57MB)
Explorers' Scéal 1 (PDF, 295 KB)
Education Programme launched in Dublin November 2010
The wonders of Irish marine life was introduced to St. Clare’s Primary School at Harold’s Cross, Dublin in November 2010 with the launch of the Explorer’s Primary Marine Education Programme in Dublin. With support from the Marine Institute, the Bray Sea Life Centre and Blackrock Education Centre are now running the programme in the East Coast.
For the full story see “Bringing the Ocean to the Classroom”.
Photos taken during the launch can be seen at Explorers Programme launched in Dublin (PDF 5.71MB).
Explorer Updates in the East Coast
The schools based in the East Coast are providing updates on their involvement in the Explorers Project:
St. Clare’s Primary School interviewed Dr. John Joyce from the Marine Institute to find out all about the Explorers Education Programme. The interview can be listened to on St. Clare’s Radio station.
Explorers Scéal Newsletters provide updates about the Explorer Tanks that have been placed in a number of schools in the East Coast. See the following for more details:
Marine Month of Madness - May 2010
||A number of events were organised for Galway’s Month of Marine Madness, which was supported by Galway Atlantaquaria, Galway City Council, the Marine Institute, Western Regional Fisheries Board, Galway Lifeboat Station, Environmental Change Institute - NUI Galway, DERI, Galway Education, Galway Bay Sailing Club, GMIT, Irish Whale Dolphin Group and the Galway Dive Club. |
RV Celtic Explorer Art Competition 2009
Schools that recently visited the Research Vessel Celtic Explorer in Galway were invited to take part in an art competition showing what they learned about the Real Map of Ireland and marine activities at sea.
The RV Celtic Explorer Art Competition presentation (PDF 4MB) shows the art work completed by the winning class Scoil Chaitriona Junior, Renmore, Galway.
Congratulations to everyone who entered a wonderful display of artwork.
Students involved in the Explorers programme have completed many projects that involve learning about the sea. See the following collages, pictures and models for ideas of how the seashore can be brought to life in the classroom or at home.
If you would like to submit photos of a marine project or activities at the beach to be viewed on the Explorers Schools Space please send an email to the Explorers education team
Children can learn about the marine species and environment at Explorer Workshops held at the Explorers Laboratory & Nautilus Classroom. They get to take part in aquarium tours, Beach Safaris on local beaches, scientific experiments and much more. For more information about workshops for children see the Marine Institute events page
. Alternatively contact Galway Atlantaquaria
for more information.
||The Explorers education officer and children search for species on the sandy shore on Gratton beach in Salthill, Galway|
The Explorers team are involved with many events and exhibitions supporting and generating awareness about the Marine. See below for photos:
OPEN DAYS ON THE RESEARCH VESSEL CELTIC EXPLORER
||School children get to examine all kinds of fish from the sea in the wet lab on board the RV Celtic Explorer.|
WORLD OCEANS DAY
||Every year the Explorers team look forward to celebrating World Oceans Day which attracts many visitors... including Bjorn the Polar Bear. |
ST. PATRICKS DAY IN ORANMORE
||Oranmore community celebrated the theme of the ocean in the St. Patricks Day parade.|
OPENING OF THE EXPLORERS LABORATORY CLASSROOM 2008
||Teachers, children and parents are introduced to Marine Science through fun experiments and a tour of the Galway Atlantaquaria at the opening of the Explorers Laboratory and Classroom. |
Discover Primary Science Event
||The Explorers team get a lot of interesting visitors such as Molly Cool at the Discover Primary Science event.|