Teachers in England are being invited to join a professional development opportunity through EarthEcho International sponsored by the Northrop Grumman Foundation. The ‘EarthEcho Expeditions: What’s the Catch?’ programme leverages the rich Cousteau legacy of exploration and discovery to bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education alive for today’s 21st-century learners and their educators.
The free, expenses-paid opportunity is planned to allow secondary school teachers to participate as Expedition Fellows to learn first-hand from scientists and engineers the consequences of fisheries mismanagement and how this can be changed for the better with new technological approaches and discoveries.
Twenty-five teachers from England will be selected to join local scientists and community leaders to create a collaborative curriculum that introduces students to the innovative engineering and technology solutions that are being implemented in Plymouth, England, and beyond to help fisheries become more sustainable.
Expedition Fellows participate in on-site video production, classroom content creation, and post-expedition distribution and evaluation of adventure-based STEM learning modules to their own and other classrooms across the world. Resources are shared free of charge on EarthEcho’s digital platforms.
Participating teachers serving as Expedition Fellows have the chance to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they can take back to their classrooms to engage and inspire their students and others around the world. The programme – at venues including the University of Plymouth, National Marine Aquarium and Plymouth Fisheries – includes an on-site production experience and collaborative curriculum creation to develop adventure-based STEM learning modules that introduce students to the innovative engineering and technology solutions addressing fisheries management, policy and community impacts. During 2020, the EarthEcho Expedition modules created by the educator team will be distributed digitally to classrooms across the world at no charge.
ABOUT EARTHECHO INTERNATIONAL:
EarthEcho International is a nonprofit organisation founded on the belief that youth have the power to change our planet. Established by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau in honour of their father Philippe Cousteau Sr. and grandfather legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, their mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future. EarthEcho’s programmes are developed for youth and teachers with resources are designed to equip new generations of leaders and problem solvers to identify and tackle environmental challenges in their own communities and beyond. For more information about EarthEcho International, visit www.earthecho.org.
About ‘What’s the Catch?’
Overfishing and poor fisheries management is a global issue impacting more than 3 billion people worldwide who depend on seafood as their primary source of protein. Populations from the Pacific Island to the United Kingdom are addressing this complex problem that is heavily influenced by ecology, economics, and anthropology. EarthEcho International will travel to the Plymouth, to explore fisheries that were thought to be beyond recovery but have rebounded in recent years thanks to new technology guiding resource managers.
EarthEcho Expeditions: What’s the Catch? will take to the seas exploring the technological advances and policy solutions that have allowed the initial recovery of fisheries working with fisheries biologists, ecologists, fishermen, policy-makers, and young people who are taking the lead in making sure that the UK’s beloved fish & chips are sustainable. Philippe Cousteau and the EarthEcho International team will set out to explore the history of fisheries and discover what solutions are on the horizon.
The General Itinerary for this opportunity currently is:
Tuesday, August 27, 2019: Location: Marine Station at University of Plymouth
○ Exploration of fisheries, plankton tow, and base of the food web, walking tour to evaluate impacts of the built environment on fisheries
Wednesday, August 28, 2019: Location: The National Aquarium
○ Assessment of sustainable seafood at the fish market followed by an afternoon workshop on fisheries with aquarium education staff
Thursday, August 29, 2019: Location: Jurys Inn
○ Collaborative curriculum development lead by EarthEcho International to include work on Project Based Learning in STEM and Engineering Design Process.
Friday, August 30, 2019: Location: Marine Station at University of Plymouth
○ Exploration of juvenile fish habitat (catch and release of fish), fish tracking technology, and Lyme Bay Discussion
Saturday, August 31, 2019:Location: Marine Station at University of Plymouth
○ Workshop on Aquaculture followed by continued Collaborative Curriculum Development with EarthEcho staff on design challenge development for students.