Follow the Fleet is an innovative interactive computer-based learning package that allows schools across the country to navigate the world from their desktops. It brings many elements of the school curriculum together in an informative and fun manner for school children providing real-time information on the Irish merchant shipping fleet, where goods are produced and how they make their way around the world by sea.
The package, developed by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) of the Marine Institute, is a 21st Century version of the highly popular Irish Shipping “Follow the Fleet” scheme of the 1970s and 1980s that allows pupils to follow the course of Irish commercial vessels, as well as the Marine Institute’s two research ships, with desktop computers, animated graphics and real-time data streams.
The new Follow the Fleet scheme is fully interactive through the Internet, with a dedicated educational website hosting a world chart displaying in real-time the position of nominated Irish flagged vessels including the Marine Institute’s own research vessels RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager.
Follow the Fleet 2007 provides pupils and teachers with:
- A fully integrated on-line visual teaching aid with lesson plans.
- A unique Satellite Tracker System for following nominated Merchant Ships on their journey around the world. This system uses satellite GPS and land-based communication services to provide position and situation data displayed on a world chart.
- A real insight into the day to day life at sea, ship’s crew & equipment, commercial trade by sea and Ireland’s maritime history.
For information on how to register for the programme please contact Irish Maritime Development Office, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. Phone: (01) 4766500 or visit the Follow the Fleet website.