National Marine Aquarium
The National Marine Aquarium’s Schools Outreach Programme is now available to schools across the North East, so we would like to be involved with Bring It On to raise awareness of this locally, because our aim is to inspire children to become connected to the Oceans and raise pupil aspirations for a career in STEM.
There has been an Aquarium in Plymouth since 1888. Initially housed at the British Marine Biological Association and then reimagined on the Waterfront in the Barbican District of Plymouth, the National Marine Aquarium opened its doors in 1998.Then and now, our mission guides all our work and ensures a focus on educating and inspiring over 300,000 visitors per year. The National Marine Aquarium is the largest public aquarium in the UK , and our awe-inspiring exhibits, featuring marine animals from near and far, provide an environment that intrigues, inspires and motivates our visitors to engage with our conservation messages and hopefully do their bit to help protect the marine environment.
Education is taken very seriously at the National Marine Aquarium, in fact, it’s one of the three principles upon which the charity was founded in 1998. The Discovery and Learning Team are outstanding educators in their field, using learning philosophy and programmes based on the latest research and best practice.
Our National Schools Programme was conceived and developed through collaboration between local teachers and the Discovery and Learning Team, and continues today, serving tens of thousands of school pupils each year.
In 2018 the NMA is delivering its broadest ever range of National Curriculum linked activities, we are also permanently expanding our reach across the UK to bring the marine world alive to support schools in the North East now and in the future.
NMA Outreach Officers travel to local schools, bringing the wonders of the ocean and an exciting experience which children will remember forever. We use a fun, hands-on, interactive approach which allows students to learn and make discoveries together, in the comfort of their own classroom.
The NMA’s Schools Outreach Programme is available on weekdays during term-time, all year round, and can include:
- A full day of fun interactive workshops of your choice
- Exciting ‘NMA Expeditions’ Virtual Reality (VR) experiences
- Opportunities to handle real marine artefacts and fossils
- Showcase assemblies for parents and governors
- School and pupil participation certificates
- STEM show assemblies
- Free lesson plans and resources throughout the academic year
- Advice and support on using the ocean as a teaching and learning tool
The National Marine Aquarium’s Schools Outreach Programme is now available to schools across the North East, so we would like to be involved with Bring It On to raise awareness of this locally, because our aim is to inspire children to become connected to the Oceans and raise pupil aspirations for a career in STEM. Our workshops and STEM shows give Primary School children an opportunity to experience what it is really like to be a marine scientist, and to become aware of all the different skills which people who work in STEM can have and use, and we would also like to give local pupils and teachers in the North East a taste of what we can offer at Bring It On 2018.
What will they be exhibiting:
We will bring our ‘NMA Expeditions’ Virtual Reality experience which allows children to explore underwater in their very own submersible, being fully immersed in an exciting deep-sea expedition. We will also bring ROV’s so that children can have a go at controlling them in a water tank and moving objects from one station to another. There will also be a buoyancy-based activity/competition for pupils to participate in. We also have a range of marine artefacts for children to get hands on with, identifying features, making comparisons and sorting artefacts into groups, while developing an understanding of what the world is like beneath the waves, and how marine animals can adapt and survive there.