Introduced by Jeff Goodman…
Exploring a coral reef is beyond the experience and possibly dreams of many people, especially younger ones. Seeing and knowing the incredible diversity and complexity of marine life is exciting and enlightening in both vocational and educational ways.
With today’s incredible advances in communication technology, we are now able to communicate ‘live’ with divers underwater from anywhere in the world. The Central Caribbean Marine Institute – CCMI are doing just that!
As our reefs and greater oceans are being stripped of wildlife, it is important that we learn more about these unique habitats and species before they are beyond saving. With CCMI, students are able to talk with marine scientists diving on a coral reef, in real time from anywhere in the word.
Baba Dioum, a Senegalese forestry engineer born in 1937, famously once said: “In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.”
Covid -19 is affecting us all and as a result CCMI have told me that at present, they cannot confirm when they will be running more live broadcasts but all the previously run broadcasts are available.
Let me introduce you to CCMI ‘Reefs Go Live’ and over the coming weeks, Scubaverse will be a showing a selection of past programme videos and keeping you up to date for future events.
REEFS GO LIVE
As terrestrial beings, most people are challenged to understand the unique processes of the ocean or even fathom being able to take the plunge and dive below the waves. Among the challenges is that urban, rural and geographically land-locked people perceive the ocean to be a distant place beyond their reach. In addition, scientists are often conducting research on relevant topics at remote locations where it is virtually impossible for the majority of the general public to gain a first-hand experience. This reality creates enormous financial, logistical, physical constraints on bringing people into the field where they can directly explore the ocean.
CCMI’s education team has developed a transformational, interactive education programme using Virtual Live Experiences (VLEs) methods to connect students and the public to real-time coral reef activity, in an informal science setting. Scientists use high tech face masks and streaming computer equipment to deliver live lessons from the underwater and lab environment. Innovative technology enables VLEs to reduce barriers to learning by communicating interactive ‘real-life’ experiences in an informal, scalable science setting.
The project is structured to deliver curriculum-relevant lessons which are currently oriented to the Cayman Islands and UK national science curriculum for students in year 5 and year 6 classrooms, and which can be streamed directly anywhere in the world. This groundbreaking work was piloted in local schools initially and has the potential to become an international project, as students have tuned in from Bermuda, the UK, Peru and the United States.
Visit https://reefresearch.org/what-we-do/education/reefs-go-live/ for more information!