THE Marine Institute’s
Explorers Education programme are delighted to announce
that two primary schools in Inishowen have been selected
to complete healthy oceans projects and are in with a
chance of winning an Explorers Ocean Champion Award. The
local schools selected are Scoil Íosagáin in Buncrana
and Scoil Cholmcille in Glengad.
Leave No Trace Ireland
team get ready to work with primary schools in coastal
counties around Ireland, including Inishowen. L2R:
Explorers Outreach Officers: Sorsha Kennedy, Padraic
Creedon, William Mc Elhinney, Ed Aylward, Atalya Peritz.
Photo: Aengus McMahon Photography.
This award is part of the
Explorers School Project, which provides teachers and
children with the tools necessary to develop a marine
project within their school and community. The healthy
ocean projects focus on supporting the primary school
curriculum and creating positive actions to raise
awareness and engagement about the ocean in the schools
and their local communities.
The Explorers teams and schools will be working on the
healthy ocean projects over the next term where they
will be able to select one of three categories to focus
on. The first category includes incorporating a marine
theme into a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and
Maths (STEAM) project.
The second category includes developing an Ocean
Literacy Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) creative
project which addresses an SDG. This may be based on SDG
topics such as climate change, wellness, as well as life
The final category is providing teachers and students an
opportunity to complete a project outdoors, ranging from
creating outdoor sculptures to beach cleans.
This is the first year of the Ocean Champions Awards and
submissions will be judged by a team of marine and
education experts. The winners will receive a Explorers
Ocean Champion Award for their school. Winners will be
announced around World Ocean Day on the 8th June 2022.
There are some places still available for schools in
Inishowen to take part in the Ocean Champions Awards.
For more information see Explorers School Projects page