PR: Become an ocean explorer and bring the oceans to your classroom


2014 Coral Oceans Resources Launch Hero XL Catlin Seaview Survey

The Coral Ocean resources from Digital Explorer are based on the research and journeys by explorers and scientists taking part in the 2012 XL Catlin Seaview Survey. The lesson plans and accompanying activities are designed to introduce classes to what it is like to be an ocean explorer.

This set of thought-provoking resources allows the classroom to engage with a number of key curriculum topics such as, ecosystems, food webs and species classification. The resources act as guide to the world of coral, laying particular focus to the Great Barrier Reef. This iconic coral habitat has puzzled scientists for centuries. Use these resources to help to connect your classroom with the wonder and the diversity of the life that depends on it.

This beautiful and magnificent ecosystem is dependent upon the protection of future generations. Ocean literacy is becoming a larger part of the national curriculum, it is more important than ever to engage students from a young age in the protection and preservation of the coral oceans. This set of resources allows an innovative and engaging approach to educating young people.

Each lesson has a different focus, and together they form an expedition experience for your class. This set of resources enables an informative approach providing background on the ocean and coral reefs. The dive mission lessons allow an insight into the coral oceans that could only have been experienced by those that had the opportunity to swim, snorkel or dive on the coral reef. The XL Catlin Seaview Survey has created an immersive dive experience that can be used in the classroom, allowing science to come alive.

This set of resources is everything a teacher could need with 8 lessons, 28 activity sheets and 7 fact sheets. Digital Explorer also offers lesson plans and an overview of the topic to allow teachers to feel confident teaching ocean literacy.

About the XL Catlin Seaview Survey
XL Catlin Group Limited is a specialty insurance and reinsurance group with more than 55 offices worldwide. XL Catlin is proud to sponsor research and educational programmes which explore how our planet’s oceans may be changing. Starting in 2009, XL Catlin has sponsored research into the changing Arctic environment through the Catlin Arctic Survey and is now the lead sponsor of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, a study of how the world’s coral reefs are changing. The XL Catlin Seaview Survey, an unprecedented research expedition of the Great Barrier Reef to a depth of 100 metres, this begun in November 2012. Scientists are collecting data on the health of the reef and addressing changes associated with the rapidly warming and acidifying oceans.

19 March 2014

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