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A Day in the Life of a Marine Ecologist

Fun-filled day of exercises, games and experiments to highlight aspects of marine ecology, species, food chains, habitats and ecosystems. The session also examines environmental issues – pollution, plastics, rare and invasive species and the impact of environmental issues.

The STEM-based programme aims to increase knowledge and understanding of ecology, marine life and environmental issues through a mixture of practical, group and outdoor-classroom-based exercises.

Learning outcomes (LOs):

  1. LO1: What ecology and marine ecology are.
  2. LO2: The importance of marine habitats to ensure thriving biodiversity and the impact of humans, invasive species and natural occurrences upon marine habitat and biodiversity.
  3. LO3: The impact of environmental issues upon ecology and biodiversity. What can be done to further conserve biodiversity and habitats.

A Day in the Life of a Marine Ecologist involves:

  • An introduction to, and explanation of, each LO, and a range of supporting activities, games and experiments that demonstrate each topic
  • Exploring marine habitats (dunes, rockpools, shorelines)
  • Undertaking species identification
  • Understanding survival in the marine environment
  • Participating in games and activities that enhance ecological understanding, e.g. marine food chain game, biodegradable timeline of litter/plastics
  • Making underwater viewers
  • Using materials found on the beach to create presentations about environmental issues (e.g. pollution, plastics, microplastics) to present to each other
  • Cross-cutting themes of IT literacy, problem-solving, teamworking, communication and research skills are included

Each participant will receive a certificate to prove their newfound marine ecology awareness.

Cross-cutting themes and other Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLE) groups embedded in the session:

  • Maths and numeracy – measurement, calculation
  • Teamworking
  • Problem-solving
  • Critical-thinking
  • IT skills
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Research

All activities within the session can be tailored to requirements. The depth that each topic is covered depends on the ages, key stage and abilities of participants, with more complex elements reserved for upper key stages. Please contact us to discuss your requirements for your group.

1. The programme follows recommendations and guidelines in the report “Integrated STEM Education through Project-Based Learning” by Diana Laboy-Rush, Solutions Manager at