The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme engages with primary schools, teachers, children and the education network, creating marine leaders and ocean champions in Ireland.
Take a look at the Explorers Education news and media activities to see our latest stories, events and competitions. Don’t forget to dive into the Explorers short films and fun ocean facts that can be used in the classroom.
The Explorers Education Programme promotes ocean awareness, knowledge and engagement, as well as supports ocean literacy and marine education in primary schools. Browse through our mission and goals and if you have enquiries relating to the Explorers Education Programme, see our contact details for more information.
The Explorers Education Programme offers a range of marine themed modules for primary school students and teachers in the classroom, through blended learning as well as out-door education. Check out our modules including marine projects, seashores safaris, aquariums in the class, and taking part in a number of exciting marine workshops.
The Explorers Education Programme provides a series of continued development training courses including DES approved summer courses, webinars and workshops. The Explorers team also provide a range of marine education webinars, workshops and field trips in collaboration with Education Support Centres as well as third level Institutes, supporting the delivery of STEM, ocean literacy and the Sustainable Development Goals.
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.
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 Education Programme provides a Seashore Resources tool kit that teachers can use to introduce children to the seashore. The resources include short films, species information sheets, presentations, activity and worksheets for children, seashore safari guides and conservation codes, workbooks, fun facts and lots more.
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.
While schools are closed, the Explorers team are sharing their favourite ocean facts, lessons and ideas for cross curricular projects, that teachers, parents and children can use while at home.
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.