11th April 2023: The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme, which engages with primary schools, teachers, children and the education sector, recorded the largest number of participating children in 2022, reaching more than 15,000 throughout Ireland.
Congratulating the team, Dr Paul Connolly, CEO of the Marine Institute said: “This outcome is reflective of the quality of the Explorers outreach programme which promotes marine education and the how well the programme is delivered by Explorers outreach teams in schools around the coast.”
“Marine projects, seashore safaris, STEM workshops, aquariums in-the-class and the healthy ocean school projects, are excellent examples of how teachers can use marine content to and develop children’s key competencies to enable them to become active citizens.
The most recent Explorers Engagement & Impact Report 2022 also shows that the programme increased ocean literacy among pre-service teachers, children and school teachers where 463 modules were delivered, focused on aquariums-in-the-classroom, seashore safaris, marine project and STEM workshops, as well new healthy ocean school projects”.
Delighted with the progress during 2022, Cushla Dromgool-Regan, Manager of the Explorers Education Programme, said: “Outreach officers adopt an integrated approach to delivering the wide range of activities available, supported by the Explorers education resources. This enables teachers to complete cross curricular marine themed projects in the classroom and helps children to take a greater lead in their learning and to becoming ocean literate.
“Applying an integrated approach also reflects the principles set out in the new Primary Curriculum Framework launched earlier this month by Norma Foley, T.D., Minister for Education, Norma Foley,” explained Ms Dromgool-Regan.
The Framework introduces key competencies for children’s learning, and sets out the main features and components for a full redevelopment of the primary school curriculum. The new Healthy Ocean School Project module is an excellent example of how learning can be expanded through STEM, languages and the arts.
With the objective of creating marine leaders and ocean champions, the ‘Healthy Ocean Projects & Ocean Champion Awards’ - attracted twenty-six schools in fourteen counties who submitted 28 projects covering science, artwork and beach cleans.
More information about the Explorers Education Programme is available at www.explorers.ie
For more information, please contact:
Strategic Education and Communications Manager
(Marine Institute's Explorers Education Programme)
Mobile: + 353 (0) 87 9185519