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National Explorers Pop Art & Creative Writing Competition launched to inspire an Ocean Super hero

MacDara Flavin (9) from Scoíl Shéamais Naofa, Barna, Galway launches Explorers Pop art and Creative writing competition open to all national primary schools to create a super hero that saves the ocean from climate change.  See explorers.ie.  Funded by the Marine Institute and supported by the Camden Education Trust, and Galway Education Centre. Photography: Andrew Downes – Xposure

Explorers Education Programme’s Ocean Super Hero Pop Art and Creative writing competition on hold.

Due to the government announcement surrounding COVID-19, the Explorers Education Programme’s Ocean Super Hero Pop Art and Creative writing competition for primary schools is now on hold.  The competition and entry date will be extended with a new closing date advised after the 29th March, pending government updates in the coming weeks.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

The Marine Institute's Explorers Education Programme today (Monday 27th January) launched the Explorers Super Hero Pop Art & Creative Writing competition, where all primary school children classes are invited to use the power of their imagination to save the ocean from climate change.

Dr Paul Connolly, CEO of the Marine Institute, the state agency for marine research and development, welcomed this exciting competition stating "this initiative helps teachers introduce marine concepts on the national curriculum, as well as providing children with a better understanding of the potential impacts that climate change will have on our ocean. With the drive of teachers and the amazing imaginative power of children, we hope this will help create new inventive and inspiring solutions to overcome and adapt to the climate change issues affecting us in Ireland and around the world."

As an island nation, the ocean that surrounds Ireland buffers us against the extreme climates that some other countries in the world are facing. However, the ocean is changing at a rapid pace where Ireland is seeing changes in the distribution of fish stocks to increasingly extreme weather events and coastal flooding.

Supported by Galway Education Support Centre, Director Ms Carmel Burns said "the Explorers Pop Art & Creative Writing Competition is a fantastic initiative for teachers throughout Ireland, linking science, geography, technology, art and creative writing in a cross curricular project. Providing children the chance to work together collectively as a class and choosing the positive values of a super hero that cares for our ocean is an excellent moving force for children and teachers. By working together with their friends, families, schools and communities, to come up with real or fanciful ideas - anything is possible," Ms Burns added.Launch of Explorers Pop art and Creative writing competition open to all national primary schools to create a super hero that saves the ocean from climate change.  See explorers.ie.  Funded by the Marine Institute and supported by the Camden Education Trust, and Galway Education Centre. (LtoR:  Seren Flavin (6), Grace Gavin (6), MacDara Flavin (9) Jack Gavin (8) from Scoíl Shéamais Naofa, Barna, Galway. Photography: Andrew Downes – Xposure

"With state of the art research vessels, marine technology and leading scientists and researchers, the Marine Institute is working to understand how global climate change will affect our people, our economy and our marine environment. With collecting data on the changes in the ocean and the weather, we can aim to forecast the changes and contribute to slow down and mitigate the effects of climate change," explained Dr Connolly.

"By bringing science, art and creative writing together, the aim of the Ocean Super hero competition is to cultivate the children's imagination, creating new ideas and solutions when addressing issues of environmental care and climate change. The idea of creating an ocean super hero aims to help create a sense of hope for children at a time of adversity in the world, when the impacts of climate change can seem extremely challenging," said Cushla Dromgool-Regan, Explorers Education Manager from Camden Education Trust, coordinating the competition.

The winners of the competition will see their art work and stories showcased as part of the Marine Institute exhibit at Seafest, Ireland's largest maritime festival, which coincides with European Maritime Day 2020, in Cork (14th -15th May). A shortlist of VIP winning classes will be invited to visit the Marine Institute's research vessel and its exhibition, at Seafest, where they will get to meet world-leading speakers and scientists who are all working towards Ireland's challenge in responding and adapting to climate change.

For further information, entry details about the competition and other great prizes please see www.explorers.ie The Explorers Education Programme is funded by the Marine Institute, Ireland's state agency for marine research and development.

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For further information contact:

Cushla Dromgool-Regan
Education Programme Manager & Communications Lead
(Marine Institute's Explorers Education Programme)

The Camden Education Trust
C/o Galway Education Centre
Cluain Mhuire, Wellpark, Galway

Mobile: + 353 (0) 87 9185519
Email: cushla [dot] dromgoolregan [at] thecamdentrust [dot] org
Website: www.explorers.ie
www.thecamdeneducationtrust.org
www.marine.ie

Notes to the editor:

The Explorers Education Programme engages with primary school children, teachers and the education network, creating marine leaders and ocean champions in Ireland. The strategic development and management of Explorers Education programme is carried out by Camden Education Trust.

Photography: Andrew Downes – Xposure
Contact: andrew [at] xposure [dot] ie