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Explorers Marine Project

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The Explorers Marine Project provides children the tools to develop their own project identifying and developing the concept and objective, identifying problems, finding solutions and creating positive actions.  This is an excellent module for children to develop a strong connection with the natural environment – becoming ocean champions!

PROJECT THEMES & ACTIVITIES

The Explorers Marine Project module provides a range of marine themes and cross curricular class activities that support introducing ocean literacy and the Sustainable Development Goals including Climate Action (SDG 13) and Life Beneath the Water (SDG 14).

The outreach officer will provide a listing of the themed projects they are covering each term. The following are some of the project themes that our teams cover:

 

LIVING THINGS - MARINE BIODIVERSITY – Animals & Plants. Photographer Andrew Downes
LIVING THINGS - MARINE BIODIVERSITY – Animals & Plants
  • Sharks, Rays & Mermaids
  • Whales & Dolphins
  • Wild About Wildlife on the Seashore
  • Learning about Squid
  • Loving our Seaweeds
CARING FOR OUR MARINE ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE.
CARING FOR OUR MARINE ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE
  • Climate Change – Ocean Champions and Super Heroes
  • Caring for the Marine Environment - Impacts of Litter
OCEAN LITERACY AND ARTS
OCEAN LITERACY AND ARTS
  • Learning about Ocean Literacy Principles & Concepts
  • Ocean Legends, Myths and Fairy tales
  • Creating Ocean Stories
MARINE TECHNOLOGY – Exploring Our Ocean. Photographer Andrew Downes
MARINE TECHNOLOGY – Exploring Our Ocean
  • The Real Map of Ireland
  • Hydrothermal Vents – Building your Own Unknown
  • Submarines and ROV’s – The Things that Sink & Float
CONNECTING PEOPLE, PLACES & the Ocean.
CONNECTING PEOPLE, PLACES & the Ocean
  • People that Work in the Marine

 

Have a browse through our EXPLORERS PROJECT RESOURCES and also check out some of the STEM & STEAM - OUR FAVOURITE PROJECTS, that children have completed for inspiration.

If there is a marine project that you would love to do with your class, have a chat with our team in your local area to see how they could facilitate the delivery of a module for you.  Also

THE LOGISTICS

The Explorers Education outreach officer will agree a marine theme with the teacher that is to be completed over a set duration.  The teachers will be provided with class schemes, resources for the class, as well as recommended education resources and lesson plans to carry out cross curricular work based on the project that has been selected.

The Explorers Marine Projects in the class module will include two half-day visits (approx. 2 hours per visit) to the class by an Explorers Education officer. 

  • The first visit will involve a fun activity introducing ocean literacy, a presentation about the selected project topic and / or the class completing an interactive experiment.  
  • The second visit will involve the class providing a presentation and discussion of their project work to the Education officer.

Both visits will involve fun activities assessing the student’s ocean literacy in which they will be awarded an Explorers Certificate of Participation on completion of the module. 

2020 - 2021: Where there maybe restrictions or limited access into schools, the Explorers Education Programme team are happy to discuss an alternative blended learning experience with virtual class visits to facilitate the Explorers Aquarium in the Class module. 

Teachers participating in this module may be requested to attend an introduction workshop or meeting prior to the outreach officer visiting the class.  The teacher will be given support materials and an outline of cross curricular content that can be used as part of the project.

For further information on how to book your class for this module please CONTACT THE OUTREACH CENTRE in your location.

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