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Discover our Ocean education resources that are inspiring people all over the world to become Champions for the Sea!

Introduction

Course description

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:

  • Presentation
  • 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:

Champions for the Sea
Resources: 6-12 years

 

 

Topic 1 - The Ocean Race (to be released in September 2021)

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Topic 1 is an  introduction to one of the most extreme races in the world: The Ocean Race.
This Topic will be released in September 2021 when the Race course and teams have been confirmed.

With information on the history of the race, the boat, the route and the teams in this awesome sailing race you and your students will learn everything you need to know about The Ocean Race 2021-22 and be inspired to learn more.

 

 

 

Topic 2 - Our Ocean Connection & Ocean Plastic Pollution

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Topic 2 provides a foundation in understanding the importance of the Ocean and how our health is inherently connected with a healthy Ocean. The booklets give an understanding of our connection with Ocean plastic. The topic introduces how we can have negative effects on the Ocean through plastic pollution and how we can start to take positive steps for future Ocean Health.

The Teacher’s Guide provides cross-curricular active learning lessons with individual and group work inclusive of water experiments and physical education in the form of a fun educational dance.

 

 

 

Topic 3 - How to Reduce Ocean Plastic Pollution

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Topic 3 dives deeper into the problems connected to plastic pollution and raises awareness of our contribution to the issue by calculating our own personal use of plastic with the ‘My Plastic Footprint’ worksheet. The topic encourages solutions-based thinking and creativity, incorporating the R’s to help us reduce Ocean plastic pollution. Young Ocean advocates and champions for the sea, around the world, are featured in the student booklets to help inspire your students into positive action.

The Teacher’s Guide provides cross-curricular active learning lessons with individual and group work inclusive of a microplastic experiment, solution-based and joined-up thinking observation games, creativity and crafts.

 

 

 

Topic 4 - My Positive Plastic Footprint

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Topic 4 introduces the idea of creating a better world through positive action. Students will gain foundational knowledge of linear and circular ways of thinking, logical thinking, the circular economy and upcycling ideas. This topic helps to give an understanding and a grounding in a more sustainable way of thinking - circular. Examples of positive participation in the circular economy and innovative solutions are provided to help inspire students to understand that the solution lies in the ways that we live and the choices we make.

The Teacher’s Guide provides cross-curricular active learning lessons with individual and group work inclusive of teamwork activities, experimentation with bioplastics, research and communication, and arts through upcycling.

 

 

 

Topic 5 - Science & Sailing - *New release* - Perfect for Science Week!

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Topic 5 is our newest addition to The Ocean Race Learning resources. Students are introduced to the wonders of Ocean science including the excitement and challenges of studying the largely unexplored Ocean. They are encouraged to think about and record their own connections to the sea through enquiry-based tasks. Students gain an understanding of the investigative process of science and learn specifically about Ocean microplastic pollution and how we all can contribute to reducing it.

The Teacher’s Guide provides cross-curricular active learning lessons with individual and group work inclusive of social and emotional learning including cooperation, recognition and management of feelings and empathy. Project and place-based learning is part of the lesson plans to help students understand their location and sources of microplastic pollution in their local context.

This module is subdivided into five suggested lesson plans ideally to be delivered over five days as part of science week. The module addresses STEAM themes, global citizenship, geography, drama and language.

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By signing up and using our resources you will be joining a group of dedicated educators from around the planet, inspiring positive action for the Earth and making your mark on The Ocean Race Champions for the Sea map!

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