Our shared sea

Mechanisms of ecosystem change in the Western Channel

Science education (in partnership with schools)

Boat excursions

These excursions, intended for schoolchildren, aboard a research vessel (Roscoff) or cruise vessels (Plymouth) complement the onshore nature discovery excursions. Children can experiment with different types of sampling methods (plankton, physico-chemical measurements of seawater, etc.) under the supervision of researchers.

Activity bus and Marinexus exhibit

As of early 2011, a bus specially outfitted for hosting science-based, public outreach science activities will travel through north-western Brittany. It will also cross the Channel each year to visit the area around Plymouth. The bus will call at schools and out-of-school clubs as well as public venues for events such as science festivals, and will offer fun science workshops and exhibits directly related to the Marinexus project. Easily identified by its Marinexus colours, the bus is an innovative teaching tool, and houses a scientific library, an observation laboratory and a multimedia centre with Internet access.

Marinexus Science Clubs

Marinexus Science Clubs are an extracurricular activity offered to pupils in secondary schools (Key Stages 3 and 4). The club meets each week at the school for three to four months. The meetings are led by a scientist and accompanied by the club’s advisor (a member of the teaching staff).

Each Marinexus Science Club explores one of the broad topics addressed in Marinexus in conjunction with current affairs and the major issues in sustainable development and environmental management. The Science Clubs help develop initiative and responsibility in pupils, improve their communication skills and build bridges between scientific research and citizens.

The activities of each club are organised around a core project that includes:

  • searching and analysing information using multimedia tools,
  • developing an experimental approach,
  • meetings with professionals who work on the topic of study,
  • inviting a scientific sponsor and visiting research institutes,
  • initiating cross-Channel exchanges and sharing information and methods with a group of English pupils,
  • producing one or more informational documents (blog, film, poster, etc.) presenting the work achieved.

The first Marinexus Science Club began with the 2010-2011 school year at the Notre-Dame du Kreisker Lycèe in Saint Pol de Lèon. Ocean acidification will be the topic of predilection until February.

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