As part of Science Week 2017, the children in Rooms 12, 13 and 28 will have a saltwater aquarium in class providing the opportunity to bring the seashore to the classroom, allowing the children to learn about marine living things and environmental awareness and care.

Our salt water aquarium arrived on Tuesday, November 7th. Brendan Allard from the Explorers’ Education Programme introduced to the native species we will have in our care for the next month. We have a star fish, an anemone, a butterfish/ gunnel, a hermit crab, a flatfish/ plaice, a sand goby and a prawn. Brendan also told us how to care for the animals in the aquarium.

When we have the second visit the children will provide a presentation and discussion of their project work that relates to the aquarium in the class.  This is the day that Brendan we will return the aquarium to Brendan. Both visits will involve fun activities assessing the student’s ocean literacy in which they will be awarded an Explorers Certificate of Participation on completion of the module.

The Explorers Education Programme™ is supported by the Marine Institute, and is funded under the Marine Research Programme by the Irish Government.