Sea Synergy offers fun and interactive learning for primary school students in the form of cross-curricular beach workshops or a visit to the school.
Our workshops will introduce your students to the exciting sea life that lives in Irish waters. All our workshops also have a sustainability and conservation message that encourages environmental stewardship. Contact Sea Synergy if you would like your school to participate in one of our exciting workshops! Additionally, workshops can be tailored to your specific needs. Topics covered include: Biodiversity, Water Conservation, Marine Life in Ireland, Leave No Trace, Irish Whales and Dolphins, Shark Tales, Be the Solution to Ocean Plastic Pollution, and more.
Sea Synergy also works with the Marine Institute on the Explorers Education Programme for primary schools in Kerry.
From the Marine Institute: “The Explorers Education Programme aims to inspire school teachers and their students in developing their interest, knowledge and engagement in our ocean. The programme’s website provides cross curricular lesson plans, resources and activities that support the national curriculum.
The Explorers in schools programme provides outreach experts that visit classes around the coast of Ireland supporting teachers by introducing marine themes into their class activities. The Explorers programme also provides teachers training and continuing professional development courses approved by the Department of Education and Skills.
The Explorers Education Programme is funded by the Marine Institute under the Research Programme supported by the Irish Government.”
For more information on the Explorers Education Programme, please click here.
WHALECOME BACK MARINE EXPLORERS!
-Explorers Education Programme in Kerry
Sea Synergy Marine Awareness + Education Centre have been very busy these past few months in Waterville, getting back up and running for the first school term in this ‘new normal’. They have been creating online activities and media while developing blended learning and outdoor classroom ideas, hoping to inspire the next generation of Ocean Champions in Kerry.
Sea Synergy are delighted to again be delivering the ‘Explorers Education Programme’ on behalf of the Marine Institute which they have been doing in Kerry since 2015. The programme aims to educate primary school children and teachers enabling them to understand the oceans influence on us and our influence on the ocean, through outreach and activities in Ireland. It builds on Ireland’s marine and maritime heritage by increasing awareness of the value, opportunities and social benefits of our ocean wealth and identity. 2020 brought some challenges but nothing the fantastic team couldn’t handle, going virtual, adhering to new guidelines and like many others adapting for new protocols. They have participated in Covid-19 training for the workplace and will follow all the necessary guidelines when teaching on the seashore and in the classroom.
For schools not as close to the seashore and especially during these unprecedented times the Explorers Education Programme have developed a new programme that can bring the seashore right into your classroom ‘Wild about Wildlife’ short educational clips on marine topics such as Fish and Crustaceans will now mean everyone gets to experience the seashore without even putting your wellies on. Also Sea synergy can offer virtual class room visits to continue live distance ocean learning for teachers and their students.
Other changes here at Sea Synergy this season; Rebecca Murphy who volunteered with Sea Synergy in 2019 as an Education and Activities Intern has joined the team as an Education Officer. She graduated with a degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology from UCC and has undertaken numerous Seashore Safaris with hundreds of children in South Kerry. Rebecca’s favorite fun fact about the sea is that the world’s longest ocean mountain chain is actually under the sea “‘The Mid- Atlantic Ridge’, stretching a massive 65,000km, it is less explored than the surface of Mars!”
Sea Synergy are offering Seashore Safaris and Project Modules on topics like Whales and Dolphins, Marine Biodiversity and Climate Change which can be done by a school visit with one of our Education officers or our virtual classroom by zooming us directly into your class for a fun blended learning lesson. If you are a teacher in a Kerry school and would like to get the children in your classroom learning about our amazing ocean and local coastal species fill in this form https://forms.gle/CXQm88k2323WFA7d8 or contact Rebecca at [email protected]
Sea Synergy founder Lucy Hunt has worked with The Ocean Race to develop an award-winning education programme and learning resources that highlight the importance of the ocean and how plastic pollution is damaging our blue planet. For more information, please visit the site.