[Coral-List] Live Marine Science Education Project

Martin Callow martinblondie7 at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 6 08:48:07 EST 2005

   Dear coral-listers,

   Please  find to follow details regarding an education component to the
   Shallow  Marine  Environments  of  the  Southern  Seychelles  research

   Live Marine Science Education Project:

   The  research project is a collaboration between the Khaled bin Sultan
   Living  Oceans  Foundation,  the  University  of  Cambridge (Cambridge
   Coastal  Research  Unit-CCRU)  and  the  Seychelles  Centre for Marine
   Research  and  Technology.   The Trident Trust has partnered with this
   group,  and  is  supporting  an  educational  component to the Shallow
   Marine   Environments   of   the  Southern  Seychelles  project.   The
   educational  component  aims  to  motivate,  and enthuse, young people
   about  the  exciting  and rewarding career paths available through the
   pursuit of a science orientated education.

   During the Seychelles expedition (January 10th to Jan 28^th 2005), and
   utilising  the  platform  of  the  Golden  Shadow (a 67m motor vessel,
   equipped  with  modern scientific and communications equipment), daily
   scientific  diary  entries  will  be  transmitted to the Living Oceans
   Foundation  web-site.  Aimed at mapping shallow marine habitats (using
   a   sea-plane   mounted   CASI   sensor,   coupled  with  SCUBA  diver
   observations),   identifying  coral  recovery  following  the  serious
   bleaching     event    in    1997/1998,    and,    providing    marine
   ecosystem/biodiversity  and  conservation  management  advice  to  the
   Seychelles  Government,  the  field-phase  of  this  project  has been
   offered as a unique mechanism to communicate the field activities of a
   high   profile   and   contemporary  science  project  direct  to  the


   To  maximise  the  benefits for schools and students, in following the
   progress of the expedition, the daily scientific diary entries will be
   recorded  and  mapped as closely as possible, to particular aspects of
   the  core  science  curriculum  at  Key Stage 4 (UK curriculum).  This
   record  will  be available to schools via the Living Oceans Foundation

   In addition to these daily scientific diary entries, the web-site will
   also host pages that outline:

   - The Science: research plans, aims and objectives, methodologies.

   - The Itinerary: research planning, maps and imagery.

   - Key scientific personnel: highlighting their progression routes from
   school to scientist.

   - Virtual vessel: to show the working and living areas, and equipment,
   of the vessel.

   -   Vessel  Logs:  Location,  ship  track  logs,  use  of  positioning
   equipment, weather systems, sea state etc.

   -  Scientific  fact/observation  of the day: contemporary observations
   from the scientists/crew.

   -  Q&A sessions: 15 schools have been invited to pose questions to the
   project  via  direct e-mail access to the vessel.  Interviews with the
   scientists/crew  will  therefore be possible, in near-real-time.  Q&As
   will be posted on the web site.

   - Teacher resources: links to other relevant web sites.

   The Science in the Seychelles web-site is available by visiting:

   [1]www.livingoceansfoundation.org  >>  follow  the  Seychelles Project

   Please  pass on to anyone who you think may be interested in following
   our progress thank you.

   Daily updates to the web-site will be available during the field phase
   of this project: Jan 10^th - Jan 28^th 2005.

   (Note: sea-state may influence the scientific itinerary, and hence the
   frequency of the updates).

   Martin  Callow  (Projects Manager; Trident Trust, West of England; and
   CCRU Research Assistant).

   [2]martincallow at blueyonder.co.uk

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