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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
The Explorers Education Programme provides a series of CPD face to face and online webinar training workshops and courses for primary school teachers. The training courses provided are in collaboration with Education Support Centres and other partners.
If you have any queries relating to the Explorers Education Programme, see the following contacts.