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Explorers healthy oceans projects 14.03.22

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 under water.
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 at www.explorers.ie .
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