Marine Institute

Explorers Education Programme

Main Image. Explorers Education Programme. Photographer Noirin Burke

Explorers Education Programme Overview

The Explorers Education Programme aims to inspire school teachers and their student’s in developing their interest, knowledge and engagement in our ocean. The programme’s website provides cross curricular lesson plans, resources and activities that support the national curriculum. The Explorers in schools programme provides outreach experts that visit classes around the coast of Ireland supporting teachers with introducing marine themes into their class activities. The Explorers programme also provides teachers training and continuing professional development courses approved by the Department of Education and Skills.

The Explorers Education Programme is funded by the Marine Institute under the Research Programme supported by the Irish Government.

Explorer Education Mission Statement and Objectives. Photographer Tom Szumski
Explorer Explorers Mission Statement And Goals
The Explorers Education Programme™ aims to build on Ireland’s marine and maritime heritage by increasing awareness of the value, opportunities and social benefits of our ocean wealth and identity.
Explorers Education Programme. Explorers Schools. Photographer Jason Clarke photography
Explorer School Modules
The Explorers Education Programme offers modules to primary school students and teachers, so they can get involved in marine projects, seashores safaris, having aquariums in the class, and taking part in a number of exciting marine workshops.
Explorers STEM and Steam Projects
Explorers STEM and STEAM Projects
The Marine Institute and the Explorers Education team supports activities involving meeting marine scientists and creating projects in schools where STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and STEAM (including arts) can be adopted.
Explorers Education Programme. Explorers Lesson Plans. Photographer Andrew Downes
Explorer Lesson Plans
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.
Teacher's Resources. Photographer Andrea Woods
Teacher's Resources
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.
Explorers Education Programme. Other Resources. Photographer Andrew Downes
Other Resources
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.
Explorers Education Programme. Explorers FAQ. Photographer Jason Clarke photography
Explorer FAQs
“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.
Explorers Education Programme. Explorers Training Courses & Workshops. Photographer Cushla Drumgool-Regan
Explorer Training Courses and Workshops
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.
Explorer Contacts. Photographer Jonathan White
Explorer Contacts
If you have any queries relating to the Explorers Education Programme, see the following contacts.
Explorers Education Programme. Explorers News. Photographer Cushla Dromgool-Regan
Explorer News
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.