Our shared sea : mechanisms of ecosystem change in the western Channel

National Science & Engineering Week

On Thursday 17th and Friday 18th March 2011, the Marine Biological Association ran 'Marine Biologist for a Day' workshops for 120 primary and secondary school children. The activities included a tour of the seawater hall, an introduction to plankton and fish identification, our very own 'CSI Plymouth' and Alien Invaders! On Friday, there was also an evening of free talks on marine biology which attracted a capacity audience of 70 people. Speakers included MBA head aquarist John Rundle, underwater photographer Paul Naylor and Director of the Seahorse Trust, Neil Garrick-Maidment.

We invited all participants of the workshops to enter a report-writing competition on their experience of being a 'Marine Biologist for a Day' and here is an excerpt from one entrant, "On Thursday the 17th March 2011, I was a marine biologist for the day. It was amazing."

Below are a few quotes from the fantastic feedback we received:
"Brilliant organisation, such friendly staff! So good to be hands on with everything!"
"One of the best school trips I have been on in over 14 years as a teacher!"
"We wish we could have stayed all week to learn more…"
"The relaxed atmosphere and interaction between staff and children was perfect."

The event was a huge success and we hope to run a similar event for National Science & Engineering Week 2012.

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