Encounter Edu – Oceans

KS3: ages 11-14KS4: ages 14-16Website

Encounter Edu has developed a range of online enquiry-based education programmes and lesson plans aiming to ‘bring the oceans to the classroom’. They incorporate scientists’ experiences and research gained during expeditions to the Arctic and the Great Barrier Reef. They are suitable for Geography and Science lessons at Key Stage 3 & 4 including GCSE (ages 11-16).

The Frozen Oceans education programme is based on the research expeditions of the Catlin Arctic Survey 2009-11. Braving temperatures of -40°C, marine biologists, oceanographers and explorers camped on the frozen sea ice and undertook transect surveys to collect data on the changes occurring in the region. Resources include booklets with structured lesson plans, activity and experiment sheets, an interactive Media Player with videos and images from the expeditions, along with posters and other related resources.

The Coral Oceans education programme is based on the 2012 Catlin Seaview Survey, a collaborative research expedition to the Great Barrier Reef. Scientists dived to a depth of 100m to collect data on the changes occurring to this fragile ecosystem, and also undertake the tagging of mega-fauna. Resources enable students to explore marine life on the reef and the threats facing it. (Further resources incorporating full units of work for Science and Geography will be released in 2013.)

You need to register on the website to download the resources, but they are all free.


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