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.

Do you want your students to be a part of this adventure below the waves? Contact us here and look for our Reefs Go Live videos to be posted on our YouTube channel.

Reefs Go Live has received incredible launch support from the following:
Derek Haines – and his marathon/mountain challenges
The Bank of Butterfield, Cayman Islands
The Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation
Michael Maes – for his invaluable technical advice, time and generous equipment donations.

What is Reefs Go Live?

We Love Healthy Reefs!

World Oceans Day 2019: We Love Healthy Reefs!

World Oceans Day 2018: Can We Save Coral Reefs?

2020 Reefs Go Live Broadcasts

 
 
 

LESSON 3 – Diving Off the Wall Rebroadcast with Live Q&A

LESSON 4 – How Do Scientists Grow Coral? (Special “Friday Live” Broadcast)
 
LESSON 5 – Why Do We Need Coral Nurseries? (Special “Friday Live” Broadcast)


2019 Reefs Go Live Broadcasts

 
 
 
LESSON 3 – Diving Off the Wall
 
 
 

2018 Reefs Go Live Broadcasts

 

LESSON 1 – The Complex World of Coral Reefs

LESSON 2 – Underwater Symbiosis

LESSON 3 – Lionfish: The Perfect Invader

LESSON 4 – How Do Scientists Grow Coral?

LESSON 5 – Herbivory: Remember to Eat Your Reds, Greens and Browns!

LESSON 6 – Why Are Coral Reefs So Colourful?

For free teacher resources which were created to accompany these lessons, including lesson plans, fun fact sheets and activity sheets, visit our teacher resources page. Here you will also find shorter “mini modules” which are 3 – 5 minute lessons pulled from our Reefs Go Live content which focus on specific concepts. These also have accompanying lesson plans.

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