Saturday, 16 August 2008

About to set sail!

Earlier this year, Earthwatch, the international environmental charity invited educators and secondary school teachers of Geography and Science to apply to join one of it's scientific research expeditions during the summer holiday. I was so excited to find out that my application was successful and now the time has come! Early Monday morning (18th Aug) i leave for Tobermory on the Isle of Mull in the Hebrides.

I will be working alongside scientists, as a research assistant on the Earthwatch expedition. On board the Silurian, i will help to record the abundance of whales, dolphins and porpoises, photographing them for individual identification. I will also join in facilitator-led discussions linking the project to the National Curriculum and exam syllubuses, and work together with other teachers on the expedition to devise educational resources to use back in the classroom. These resources will also be made available on the Earthwatch website.

After the expedition i will be given the opportunity to kick-start an environmental initiative or school project. I look forward to updating this blog on return, complete with lots of photos hopefully!

For more information on Earthwatch Awards click here

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