<b>To view all items in the collection click on the title tab in the search box above</b><br><br><br>This collection contains education materials and resources from the Explorers Education Programme. The Explorers Education programme aims to integrate marine themes as closely as possible with lessons already taught in national schools through the Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE) curriculum and other cross curricular subjects.

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  • 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.
  • English 5th and 6th Class: Marine TV - An investigative report on the marine science survey aboard the RV Celtic Explorer

    Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2018)
    The aim of the lesson plan is for the children to learn how to use key media questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? They will work in groups to write a script where they can play different characters aboard the research vessel, allowing them to work collaboratively and use their imaginations.
  • Science: 5th and 6th Class: Build your own seismometer – learning about forces under the sea

    Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2018)
    Earthquakes occur when parts of the Earth’s crust and upper mantle move suddenly. Large earthquakes can cause catastrophic amounts of damage so it’s very important to be able to predict when they might happen. Earthquakes are detected using a seismometer which detects vibrations in the earth. In class, groups of students can work together to make a simple model of a seismometer to demonstrate how they work. The students will experience working in groups and through a creative process develop skills intrinsic to working scientifically
  • Geography: 5th and 6th Class : Marine explorers and scientists – learning about people and places

    Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2018)
    The lesson provides students with an opportunity to learn about people and places in Ireland. With a focus on marine science and seismology, the students will learn about the type of work marine scientists and seismologists are involved with and the environments they work in. This lesson plan can be adapted to follow and study the life of any scientist on a scientific survey. Students can also learn about the people that work on the research vessel, the research vessel RV Celtic Explorer.
  • Geography - The Deep Unknown Presentation

    Marine Institute; Tulca (Marine Institute, 2018)
    The Deep Unknown Presentation is a PowerPoint presentation that helps teachers and primary school students discover the Mid Atlantic Ridge and what lies beneath 3,000kms under the sea. It offers a simple explanation of hydrothermal vents, what they are and how these physical features of our planet form.
  • Science - Creature Features and Chemosynthesis

    Marine Institute; Tulca (Marine Institute, 2018)
    The Creature Features and Chemosynthesis Presentation is a simple PowerPoint presentation about life in the hydrothermal vent ecosystem. The presentation introduces students to some of the unique creatures that live there and how the vents provide energy for them to survive through the process of chemosynthesis.
  • A hydrothermal adVENTure

    Tulca; Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2018)
  • Visual arts 5th and 6th class: Build your own unknown film set

    Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2018)
    The lesson enables students to imagine, design and construct their own film set using recycled materials and papier-mache that is based on the Moytirra hydrothermal vent field. The students will experience working in groups and through a creative process develop skills intrinsic to working scientifically.
  • Visual arts 5th and 6th class: Light and shadow underwater scene

    Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2018)
    The lesson enables students to differentiate between transparent, translucent and opaque materials and their different properties against light. Through a process of experimentation and creative play, students will create an underwater shadow scene.
  • Visual arts 5th and 6th class: Print your own hydrothermal vent field

    Marine Institute, / (Marine Institute, 2018)
    The lesson enables students to respond to scientific footage about hydrothermal vents and visually interpret their findings through a two-part printmaking process. The students will experiment with colour, line, shape and mark-making techniques to compose a print.
  • Music 5th and 6th class: Make sounds of the unknown through improvisation

    Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2018)
    The lesson will enable students to listen, imagine and create their own music, inspired by the discovery of the Moytirra hydrothermal vents. The students will select from a wide variety of sound sources such as voice, body percussion, improvised instruments and technology to generate sounds of the deep ocean, to accompany the storyboard/film.
  • English 5th and 6th Class: Storyboard your own deep sea voyage of discovery

    Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2018)
    The lesson introduces students to how stories are developed for film. Students will draft a storyboard for a film imagining they are a team of marine scientists embarking on their own underwater voyage of discovery. They will interpret marine and scientific language and through a combination of the real and the imaginary, develop their own storyboard and film.
  • History: 5th and 6th class. The myth behind the naming of Moytirra - Balor and the Battle of Moy Tura

    Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2018)
    The lesson introduces students to the naming of the Moytirra hydrothermal vents in the mid-Atlantic. The students will learn about how the name that was given to the largest hydrothermal vent was inspired by the Irish legend and story about Balor and the Battle of Moy Tura. The students will learn through readings of myths and legends from Irish culture.
  • Science: 5th and 6th class. Experimenting with dissolution

    Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2018)
    The lesson allows students to explore the effects of solids in hot and cold liquid by conducting a range of experiments mixing different materials in water solutions.
  • Science: 5th and 6th class. Creature feature and chemosynthesis - the hydrothermal vent ecosystem

    Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2018)
    This lesson provides students with an introduction to the process of life learning about photosynthesis and chemosynthesis. It also introduces students to the hydrothermal vent ecosystem deep under the ocean. Students will also learn about some of the unusual creatures that inhabit this extreme environment highlighting the variety and characteristics of living things at the bottom of the ocean.
  • Geography: 5th and 6th class - The deep unknown - discover the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and hydrothermal vents

    Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2018)
    The lesson provides students with an understanding of the physical features of the world – under the ocean. Students will learn about tectonic plates and underwater features such as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The students will discover how physical features such as hydrothermal vents form in this natural environment, deep under the ocean.
  • Geography: 5th and 6th class - Marine explorers and scientists

    Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2018)
    The lesson provides students with an opportunity to learn about people and places in Ireland. With a focus on marine science, the students will learn about the type of work marine scientists are involved with and the environments they work in. By using the famous VENTure expedition where the Moytirra hydrothermal vents field were discovered in the Mid-Atlantic, the students will investigate, record and communicate their findings about scientists such as Dr Andy Wheeler, the chief scientist of this survey. Students can also learn about the people he works with on the research vessel, the RV Celtic Explorer.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.

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