Bringing the Ocean to Society
6 Apr 2020
Free Explorers fun ocean facts and lesson plans
EurOcean Member MI helps primary school children learning about the ocean while staying at home

The Marine Institute's Explorers Education Programme's outreach team are sharing their favourite marine facts and lesson plans about the ocean, for teachers, parents and primary school children to use while they are doing their school work from home as part of its "Meet the Explorers Team" online initiative.

"In recognition of International Earth Day celebrated from the beginning of spring (20th March – 22nd April), many of MI's Explorers outreach teams are going digital this month sharing their stories, favourite facts and providing free lesson plans to help raise awareness about the ocean and all the life it supports," said Cushla Dromgool-Regan, Education Strategic Manager, Camden Education Trust.

The 'Explorers Meet the Team' will be posting ocean facts on its social media channels and have set up a dedicated page on www.explorers.ie for teachers and parents to download free lesson plans, activities, project ideas and fun facts about the ocean over the coming weeks.

Dr Paul Connolly, CEO of the Marine Institute, welcomed the efforts of the education and outreach teams that work with the Explorers Education Programme during these changing times saying, "With many of our education partners unable to visit schools or have children visit their centres over the coming weeks, we are delighted to support the "Meet the Explorers Team" online initiatives, to help share the importance of learning about the influence our ocean has on us and the influence we have on the ocean."

Along with other content from the Marine Institute also being shared via its social media channels, the Explorers team are keen to share the children's favourite facts, stories and projects about the ocean online as well. Keep an eye on the Explorers and Marine Institute social media channels for updates, competitions and sharing new stories about the ocean:

The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme, now running for over 13 years, continues to deliver its marine-themed modules to schools reaching up to 13,000 students a year in Ireland. The Explorers outreach team provides an important platform for teaching marine themes in the classroom and further helped to support and reconnect teachers and their students with the marine environment.

2018 saw the Explorers teams highlight the impact of plastics in our oceans through science and art projects. The team also introduced the theme of marine biodiversity in the class and completed over 200 seashore safaris. The Explorers team worked with over 500 teachers in Irish schools as well as through teachers' training workshops. 
The programme also provides over one-hundred free lesson plans (at www.explorers.ie).