Plymouth Sound is set to become the UK's first National Marine Park, a status that will bring a host of benefits to people and the environment and help focus the attention of Plymouth's population on the incredible blue space right on their doorstep.
If you are a researcher or educator working in the area, join us for the weekend to learn how to make the most of this opportunity to enhance your teaching and outreach, particularly through the use of citizen science.
The two-day workshop is fully funded by the University of Plymouth Marine Institute and is free of charge for participants (excluding accommodation). It is organised by the Marine Biological Association.
The Sound and wider ocean is an exciting and inspirational place and with the new enthusiasm that the national marine park is expected to generate, can be used as a gateway for learning about a wide range of subjects. This workshop provides formal and informal educators and researchers with a range of tools and examples of how to use the marine environment, in particular real science to enhance teaching and learning and increase engagement in the ocean.
Participants will be able to share and develop ideas as well as experience some tried and tested activities and citizen science projects, which can be replicated outside or in the classroom. They will be provided with tools and resources that can be used to enhance their own teaching and increase their confidence when visiting or talking about Plymouth Sound and its shores.
The workshop explores how involvement in research with a real-life value and outcome can be a powerful tool when trying to engage young people in their studies, as well as a tool for research and science communication. The workshop is delivered through interactive discussions and demonstrations, plenaries and outdoor sessions, including a trip to a local shore. A particular emphasis will be placed on identifying and bridging barriers to engagement between schools and researchers.
The workshop is delivered in partnership between the Marine Biological Association and the University's Plymouth Institute of Education, providing expertise in education and teaching.
The workshop is aimed at practising and trainee teachers, postgraduate students and early career researchers, particularly those working in and around Plymouth. Please note that attendance on both days is mandatory.
- Saturday 13 July: 10:00-18:00 (with dinner 19:00-20:30)
- Sunday 14 July: 09:30-16:00
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