Ocean School is designed to foster ocean literacy: our understanding of the ocean's influence on us and our influence on the ocean. Ocean School’s content focuses on ocean science, technology and innovation while also providing insight into marine careers and the social, economic and cultural dimensions of the human relationship with the ocean. Scientific Director Boris Worm and the Ocean School team also work with regional, national and international thought leaders and organizations to improve coordination, resource sharing and collaboration among the ocean literacy community in Canada and abroad.
Ocean School is designed for use in classrooms among youth aged 11-15, although the content is accessible and engaging to younger and older audiences both inside and outside of the classroom. It is available online in English and French, free of charge.
The Ocean School approach is based on inquiry-based learning, which emphasizes student empowerment in the learning process. Its multimedia resources connect learners to the ocean in a meaningful way. Developed in response to the growing need for inquiry-based educational resources and teaching support related to oceans topics, Ocean School’s objectives are to:
The program follows subject matter experts from academia, government, industry, NGO, Indigenous and community sectors as they work to answer pressing questions about the ocean. Science education is the central focus, however, the program also aims to provide information about the social, economic, and cultural dimension of the human relationship with the ocean, including content that highlights ocean-related careers as well as Indigenous culture and knowledge related to the ocean.
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Executive Producer, National Film Board of Canada