Welcome aboard The Ocean Race Learning
We are ‘Racing with Purpose’ by keeping sustainability at the heart of The Ocean Race, focusing on taking action to help restore Ocean health. If we all work together we can make a positive impact.
Our Champions for the Sea programme will help you and your students (aged 6-12 years) discover the excitement of sailing through The Ocean Race, the importance of the Ocean and how Ocean health is threatened. Through the practical activities and worksheets developed, and using Social and Emotional Learning techniques (SEL) you and your students will be encouraged and empowered to take positive action for the Ocean with a true understanding of how we can all make a difference and become Champions for the Sea!
Our informative and fun learning resources aim to engage students with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that seek to ‘transform our world’ by 2030. Our topics address a number of these goals including:
- SDG 4 Quality Education
- SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
- SDG 13 Climate Action
- SDG 14 Life below Water: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
- SDG 15 Life on Land: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems
Topics and resources:
Topics of The Ocean Race Champions for the Sea programme are:
Topic 1 - The Ocean Race (to be released in September 2021)
Topic 2 - Our Ocean Connection & Ocean Plastic Pollution
Topic 3 - How to Reduce Ocean Plastic Pollution
Topic 4 - My Positive Plastic Footprint
Topic 5 - Science & Sailing (newest module release)
We have developed resources for each topic to help inspire positive action for the Ocean:
- Worksheets (for age groups: 6-8yrs, 8-10yrs & 10-12yrs)
- Student booklet 6-8 years
- Student booklet 8-12 years
- Teacher’s Guide with suggested cross-curricular activities
- Evaluation quiz
Resources are currently available in English and will be available in Chinese, Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish in Autumn 2019.
Curricula for geography, history, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), language, global citizenship are catered for in the topics. Different cross-curricular class activities are also optional and listed in the teacher’s booklet of each topic. See each topic description for further information on curriculum content.
Although the booklets are age-specific, the 8-12 year-old booklets are a good introductory fact booklet for anyone older who wants to be better informed about The Ocean Race, our Ocean connection, Ocean health and how we can reduce Ocean plastic pollution.
Worksheets are colour-coded for each age group:
- Blue 6-8 yrs
- Red 8-10 yrs
- Green 10-12 yrs
Wisdom is our very popular race mascot! She is based on a real life Laysan albatross from Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean and is featured throughout the education resources. Students are encouraged to undertake ‘Champion Challenges’ to help save Wisdom’s home and become Champions for the Sea. Wisdom's Worksheets will enable your students to reflect on their lessons and learn about each topic in a fun way.
Reviews of Champions for the Sea
See what educators are saying about our programme:
“The entire program was incredible and so well put together. Each unit worked together…comprehensive and rich with content.” Donna Kelly, Pell Elementary School and Sail Newport
“You are doing such an amazing job! This project you are working on, is certainly one of the best practices in global ocean education, perhaps one of the few which can be called successful.” Evy Copejens, European Marine Science Educators Association co-ordinator
“This is one of the most important elements of the school programme, keep up the good work.” School teacher, Hong Kong
“It is amazing what the race and education programme has done. Our school is banning straws and plastic cups because of it.” Wil Vale Teacher, Escola Unificado, Itajaí, Brazil
The education programme has been used in 42 countries around the world by over 100,000 people. Be sure to sign up to join this education movement to help restore ocean health and get your location on our Champions for the Sea map.
Our education materials are being used all over the world! Sign up to see your city in our World Education map: