Ocean Health and Technology

Essential information

Key stage: 
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3
School subject: 
National Maritime Museum
Session times: 
18th October 10:15 - 14:00
Session price: 
Free (Maximum 60 students)

Working with the 1851 Trust this Study Day at the National Maritime Museum will teach young people about the impact of waste plastics on the health of our oceans. Using the inspiration of Land Rover BAR, the British America’s Cup team, students will also learn about the science and technology behind this professional sports team. 

During the day, they will experience 4 taught sessions with a STEM and sustainability focus. From looking at the journey of a plastic bottle, to learning about the physics behind the boats that fly, students will leave informed and enlightened on the power of technology and keen to reduce their own plastic impact on our environment. 

Students to be split into 4 groups and will rotate around the following 4 activities.

Activity 1:

Journey of a plastic bottle (Great Map)

Synopsis: Trace the journey of a plastic bottle from its source to one of the 5 gyres in the oceans. Discuss where it came from, why plastic does not degrade and what happens over time. Pose solutions on how to alleviate this problem.

Activity 2:

BT STEM Crew lesson

Synopsis: Learn how science and technology are used in the British campaign for the America’s Cup. Using our online learning platform, students will participate in a hands-on STEM lesson to include a practical session.

Activity 3:

Independent learning

Students will explore the Land Rover BAR gallery at the National Maritime Museum and participate in a quiz/game about their findings.

Activity 4:

Ocean Health

Students will continue with the sustainability theme and discover in more detail how single-use plastics damage marine wildlife. They will be encouraged to make alternative choices to their purchases and pledge to make a promise to effect a small change.

Pre-Visit Preparation and Information

Students and teachers are encouraged to look at the 1851 Trust’s free online learning platform www.stemcrew.org.uk and have a go at one of the modules to get an understanding of the Land Rover BAR team and how science and technology is used in a real-world application.

We would ask all students to bring ONE clean item of waste plastic to the session.

Book a session

Sessions cannot be booked online, this is always done via an email or phone enquiry in the first instance. To recieve more information on this study day or to book a visit telephone 01489 587 852 or e-mail enquiries@1851trust.org.uk

Plan your Visit

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