Discovering our oceans through experience
Although the ocean is still a largely unexplored ecosystem, we know that it is a critical climate regulator, which makes it a major concern for humankind. Currently, less than 6% of the world’s oceans have been researched.
In order to answer the questions of young people, give them keys of understanding and help them to prepare their future, key players in the private and public sectors have come together to build the Mission Ocean program. This learning path is designed for middle school students and is based on 3D and virtual universes.
Study, explore and protect
For the next three years, an interdisciplinary group of 10 teachers (mathematics, physics, sciences, technology and geography) will be collaborating to create new educational contents related to ocean sciences, including videos designed to highlight what future jobs might look like and inspire students by illustrating the importance of engineering in this future context.
The Ifremer Mediterranean Centre in La Seyne-sur-Mer has created a space entirely dedicated to the development of innovative education. This facility hopes to foster close collaborations between teachers, researchers and engineers to co-create innovative curricula as well as interactive and immersive experiences. This content will enhance existing and future professions related to science and technology for ocean knowledge and preservation.
The Mission Ocean project aims to facilitate young students' learning and deepen their knowledge in subjects including maths, physics, chemistry, geography, natural sciences and earth sciences, while studying the oceans. They will explore new working paths, benefit from industry and research professionals’ expertise, and develop projects to help preserve the world’s oceans.
They will also be able to learn differently thanks to the possibilities offered by virtual worlds (3D modeling, virtual reality experiments, numerical simulations), and to acknowledge their own power to act on the environment, as well as to imagine themselves in trainings and jobs for the future.