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Cork Schools Complete Marine Science Programme

27th March 2013
Cork Schools Complete Marine Science Programme

#marinescience –  The Lifetime Lab and the Marine Institute have presented up to one thousand 3rd and 4th primary school students with the Explorers Certificate of Participation, recently after they had completed the Explorers Primary Marine Science Workshops held at the Lifetime Lab, Cork over the last two weeks (11th – 22nd March).

Speaking about the popular workshops, manager of the Lifetime Lab and organiser of the workshops Mervyn Horgan said, "The high level of participation across 21 primary schools reflects Cork's rich maritime history and continued interest in the marine sector. It was fantastic to engage with these students through marine related experiments and activities on topics such as the Real Map of Ireland showing Ireland's marine resource and identifying marine species. The students have gained a wide range of skills that will hopefully encourage future studies in science, maths and geography".

Thanking the Marine Institute for their involvement with the workshops he added, "Raising awareness of marine science in classrooms brings long term benefits. The Explorers Education Programme and workshops are an innovative way of engaging in science education, combining topics of sea life, science and geography with practical experiments and activities. The support provided by the Marine Institute for these workshops ensures that students become interested in Ireland's marine resources and its future development early in their education".

The Explorers Education Programme seeks to develop an interest among primary school students in Ireland's extensive 220 million acre marine resource, which is one of the largest in the EU. The programme and workshops are currently used by over 50 schools reaching over 5000 thousand students throughout Ireland.

The programme aims to raise awareness and interest in Ireland's marine resource, oceans and seashores through teaching cross curricular lessons and activities. A wide variety of marine based lesson plans, activities and science experiments, including details on the Real Map of Ireland, can be downloaded from  The Explorers Education programme was developed by the Marine Institute in collaboration with a number of key partners including Galway Atlantaquaria, Sealife Bray Aqauriaum, Blackrock Education Centre, Galway Education Centre and the Lifetime Lab, Cork.

Schools awarded with the Explorers Education Certificate of Participation:

St Patrick's BNS, Gardiners Hill
Cork Educate Together
Scoil Íosagain, Farranree
St John's GNS, Carrigaline
Holy Cross Mahon
St. Luke's NS,O' Mahony's Ave Cork
GlenFlesk NS
Eglantine GNS, Douglas
Scoil Maria Assumptha
Our Lady of Lourdes, Ballinlough
Sundays Well BNS
Glasheen BNS
Scoil Mhuire Junior School
Glasheen GNS
Scoil Mhuire Gán Smal
St. Anthonys BNS, Ballinlough
Beaumount GNS
Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh BNS
Scoil Oilibhéir

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Marine Science Perhaps it is the work of the Irish research vessel RV Celtic Explorer out in the Atlantic Ocean that best highlights the essential nature of marine research, development and sustainable management, through which Ireland is developing a strong and well-deserved reputation as an emerging centre of excellence. From Wavebob Ocean energy technology to aquaculture to weather buoys and oil exploration these pages document the work of Irish marine science and how Irish scientists have secured prominent roles in many European and international marine science bodies.


At A Glance – Ocean Facts

  • 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean
  • The ocean is responsible for the water cycle, which affects our weather
  • The ocean absorbs 30% of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by human activity
  • The real map of Ireland has a seabed territory ten times the size of its land area
  • The ocean is the support system of our planet.
  • Over half of the oxygen we breathe was produced in the ocean
  • The global market for seaweed is valued at approximately €5.4 billion
  • · Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems in the world — at 230 million years
  • 1.9 million people live within 5km of the coast in Ireland
  • Ocean waters hold nearly 20 million tons of gold. If we could mine all of the gold from the ocean, we would have enough to give every person on earth 9lbs of the precious metal!
  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector in the world – Ireland is ranked 7th largest aquaculture producer in the EU
  • The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean in the world, covering 20% of the earth’s surface. Out of all the oceans, the Atlantic Ocean is the saltiest
  • The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. It’s bigger than all the continents put together
  • Ireland is surrounded by some of the most productive fishing grounds in Europe, with Irish commercial fish landings worth around €200 million annually
  • 97% of the earth’s water is in the ocean
  • The ocean provides the greatest amount of the world’s protein consumed by humans
  • Plastic affects 700 species in the oceans from plankton to whales.
  • Only 10% of the oceans have been explored.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year, equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute.
  • 12 humans have walked on the moon but only 3 humans have been to the deepest part of the ocean.

(Ref: Marine Institute)

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