An exciting new chapter in the Dolphin Research Institute’s successful ‘i sea, i care’ program began this year. We now have passionate marine ambassadors in local secondary schools.
The secondary program is for Year 10 students who have a strong interest in science and are considering a career in marine science. Importantly, it is an alternative to work experience, which we are often contacted about but unable to support. So far, six schools and a total of 39 students are working with, and bring mentored by, our Education and Research staff.
During the year-long program, students investigate, with the support of their teacher and DRI staff, a marine-based issue about which they are passionate. The students then develop audience-appropriate, evidence-based presentations. These will be shared with their peers and their local community, and beyond.
The Ambassadors take part in workshops across the year. The most recent workshops introduced them to how scientists monitor dolphins from land. They learnt how to use marine binoculars and record sighting data. This was then put to the test during a field session at Schnapper Point, Mornington in search of the resident common dolphins.
DRI is proud to be expanding our ‘i sea, i care’ program to secondary schools. Eventually we hope to have ‘i sea, i care’ communities and ‘i sea, i care’ schools caring for our dolphins and our bays.
Contact our Education team for more information about this exciting new program. The initiative has been funded by the Port Phillip Bay Fund.
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