• Explorers planning guide for primary school teachers: marine projects, environmental awareness and care

      Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2017)
      The Explorers teacher’s guide for marine environmental awareness and care provides a range of resources, presentations and lesson plans that can be used to teach and inspire students to develop projects about caring for our ocean.
    • Explorers Ocean Literacy Knowledge Questionnaire for Teachers - Evaluating your knowledge about the Ocean

      Dromgool-Regan, Cushla; Burke, Noirin (Marine Institute, 2017)
      Explorers Ocean Literacy Knowledge Questionnaire for Teachers - Evaluating your knowledge about the Ocean
    • Explorers planning guide for primary school teachers: ocean literacy and engagement

      Dromgool-Regan, Cushla; Burke, Noirin; Allard, Brendan (Marine Institute, 2017)
      The Explorers Education Programme™ aims to build on Ireland’s marine and maritime heritage by increasing awareness of the value, opportunities and social benefits of our ocean wealth and identity. This ocean literacy and engagement guide provides ocean facts, evaluation tools and ideas for the classroom.
    • Lance -the Miniboat

      Dow, Kaitlyn (Kaitlyn Dow, 2017)
      The illustrated story of Lance was presented to the Marine Institute during the author’s visit to Ireland. Kaitlyn Dow tells the story of the adventures of the Lancer the miniboat, that was launched from the USA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel Neil Armstrong. The miniboat project was completed as part of her secondary school project, Waterford CT Highschool from Connecticut, USA and supported by AORA-CSA who had formed a partnership in 2016 with Educational Passages mini-sailboats in the USA. The Lancer boat was fitted with a GPS tracker to monitor how it might get caught in the Atlantic's ocean currents and ended up sailing into Droim, Leitir Móir, Galway where it was found by primary school student Méabh Ní Ghionnáin. The boat was repaired by Méabh and her family and relaunched from the Marine Institute's research vessel RV Celtic Explorer on the 22nd April 2017, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
    • A hydrothermal adventure- Build your own unknown; Fact or fiction student evaluation game.

      Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2018)
      Taking inspiration from the script of Build Your Own Unknown which merges scientific fact with a fictional narrative, play a game of fact or fiction to evaluate student learning. Play the game twice; at the beginning of the module after the students first viewing of Build Your Own Unknown and at the end of the completed module or related lesson plans. Alternatively create a set of questions based on the glossary and use to play fact or fiction. Record results each time and compare statistics to determine the class percentage increase/decrease in learning.
    • Our Ocean – Marine Legends, Fairy Tales and Folklore in Ireland

      Dromgool-Regan, Cushla; Burke, Noirin (Marine Institute, 2019)
      Our Ocean - Marine Legends, Fairy tales and Folklore in Ireland provides a selection of artwork and poems created by primary school children around Ireland. The artwork and poems are full of mythical glory and reflect the children’s ideas and inspirations, influenced by local and well-loved stories in Ireland. The artwork and poems that have been selected represent a wide range of Irish folklore. Some of the stories date back many centuries telling fables of Vikings, Saints, warriors and heroines. Others provides an insight into modern tales of fishermen and their catch. A common theme throughout the work is the mystery that surrounds our ocean and how it has forever influenced our lives through tragedy, inspiration, wellbeing and hope. Some of the poems have be written by individual children and others have been drafted by the whole class. Their work is a delight to read and showcase the children, who range in age from junior infants to 6th class, as young scholars to be.
    • A hydrothermal AdVENTure - Build Your Own Unknown art and science project

      Dromgool-Regan, Cushla; Burke, Noirin (Marine Institute and Tulca, 2019)
      A hydrothermal AdVENTure - Build Your Own Unknown art and science project provides children with an exciting opportunity to learn about the deep ocean in a meaningful way. The cross-curricular lesson plans and teaching resources are an exemplar of using ICT, art and marine science in the classroom. From science, geography, history and English to creating art pieces, students can use their scientific and creative skills producing film and art pieces to communicate their discoveries.
    • My Explorers Seashore Guide Workbook

      Dromgool-Regan, Cushla (Marine Institute, 2020)
      In Ireland we are surrounded by so many different types of beaches ranging from sandy to shingle shores, as well as mudflats to rocky shore lines. This makes it extremely exciting exploring all of the amazing animals, seaweeds, plants and creatures that live there. This book was created to help you become a seashore explorer. The book can be used on the shore or in the classroom to help gather and document all of the stuff you discover on the shore. As part of becoming a seashore explorer we have also teamed up with the National Biodiversity Data team to help them identify and locate seashore animals and seaweeds around Ireland. The Irish version 'Mo threoir don chladach leabhar oibre' also available here.
    • Explorers Planning a Seashore Safari – Seashore Safety and Conservation Code

      Dromgool-Regan, Cushla; Roscoe, Sam (Marine Institute, 2021)
      The Seashore Safety and Conservation Guide provides a checklist for planning a trip to the seashore. The checklist covers: Access / Facilities; Risk Assessment; First Aid / Emergency; Tides / Changing Tides / Weather forecast; Volunteers; Games and Activities; Designated Meeting Point; Clothing; Equipment; Games and Activities; Safety on the Seashore - in the classroom / on the seashore. The guide also provides a Conservation Code which adopts some key ‘do and don’t’ actions while on the seashore. This covers good practice from beach cleaning activities to taking care of the animals while exploring.
    • An Ocean of Stories! An Anthology of Children’s Ocean Stories, by children for children

      Madigan, Carmel T. (The Loophead Summer Hedge School, 2021)
      An Ocean of Stories - An Anthology of Children’s Ocean Stories, by children for children include over fifty stories selected, from fourteen participating classes, with a selection of at least three contributions from each class. Over 300 children from County Clare and County Limerick produced stories, artwork and poems that were inspired by the ocean, as part of the Explorers Education Programme’s project in 2020-2021. The stories chosen for the final anthology were selected on the basis of good writing, diversity of personal ocean based experiences and imagination. The stories are truly beautiful, expressive, engaging, intriguing, thoughtful, succinct, and make for wonderful insightful reading, whatever your age. These stories are the children’s own, their lived experiences intertwined with creative thinking, even fantasy at times, while some are pure fact or pure fiction. All these stories are lovely to read and the reader will feel enriched having read them.
    • Explorers Cephalopod Science Investigations: Our Favourite Squid Species

      Dromgool-Regan, Cushla; Manning, Eimear; Quinn, Anna (Marine Institute, 2021)
      Explorers Cephalopod Science Investigations OUR FAVOURITE SQUID SPECIES provides an introduction to squid species. Learning about animals such as squid, help us discover some of the amazing things about marine biodiversity and adaptation; as well as exploring the ocean around the world. This book looks at ten squid species found around the world including the largest squid in the world called the giant squid to the smallest pygmy squid, which is the size of your finger nail. Each squid information sheet identifies the English, Irish and scientific name of the squid species; its size, colour and life span. The squid sheets also highlights the ocean that the squid lives in, its habitat; what it looks like; how the squid protects itself; what it eats; and its predators.
    • Explorers Cephalopod Science Investigations: Squid For Beginners

      Dromgool-Regan, Cushla; Manning, Eimear; Quinn, Anna (Marine Institute, 2021)
      Explorers Cephalopod Science Investigations: SQUID FOR BEGINNERS provides an introduction to squid for children and teachers to use in the classroom and aims to inspire a new generation of explorers. The book introduces children to science classification and the names given to squid; cephalopod evolution; and where squid are distributed and their different habitats. The book also has a section about a squids anatomy and supports the Explorers Learning about Squid Film Cephalopod Science Investigations: Squid Dissection & Fun Facts, where the special features of squid are discussed. A chapter is also dedicated to the Kraken and highlights how the giant squid has been introduced into many cultures, over hundreds of years as a giant sea monster. The book also shows our connections with squid from yummy ‘squidulicious’ food, fishing, climate change to squid in museums and sculptures. Finally, the book also highlights how squid features are influencing science, technology and engineering.