We have acquired an old bus and we are converting it into a moving science lab where children can learn all about the ocean, the environment, conservation, species ID and coding. They can use outdoor activities to gain scientific skills that are part of national curriculum content that will help develop their life skills and skills for further education/employment. The bus will have 3 sections: a conservation area focusing on plastics and the current problem we face. Our ocean area where we will have fish tanks, a pond and interactive activities, looking at species identification, food chains, behaviour etc and a third technology section, where we will have coding, microscopes and laptops for data input/analysis alongside children designing their own coding games and language. We also are raising money to turn the inside area into a sensory play for children with disabilities, with the aim of delivering sensory learning for individuals.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This is the first project of it's kind and there is more and more evidence coming to light that children thrive and boost their learning in an outdoor environment. We want to give children the opportunity to gain skills about the water and the ocean in an environment outside of school so we can enhance their learning, boost their confidence and give them experiences and skills for life. We currently reach 30 children in our local area and we hope to reach more children with this project.
Steps to get it done:
About the space
MERI Marine School: Marine Science Lab Bus
Maldon District Council
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