We run a number of FREE courses for learners from Grade 8 to 12 throughout the year. This is where you'll find course info, and how to apply.


Junior Biologist Course – Grade 6s

Our Junior Biologist (JB) course is a free, entry level course to our Marine Sciences Academy. Aimed at grade 6s, we are looking for youngsters with a keen interest in marine life and conservation. This three day course introduces our marine life found along our coastline, the concept of water, ocean currents and many more marine-related topics. The course is very hands-on, with various outings included.

To apply, please contact Katja Rockstroh on education@aquarium.co.za for application forms or call 021 814 4555 for more information.

  • Dates: 28 February, 7 & 14 March 2015
  • Application deadline: 30 January 2015

Smart Living Course – Grade 8s

Proudly sponsored by the City of Cape Town, our Smart Living Course aims to educate young people about the four pillars of sustainability: Biodiversity, Waste, Energy and Water.

Our hope is to develop an interest in and respect the sensitive nature and beauty of our planet. By conserving our biodiversity, understanding and saving energy, minimising waste and saving water, we want to increase awareness of what positive actions can be made to protect our environment.
While this course is not strictly a marine themed course, the importance of understanding nature, its processes and how we affect them, is an important stepping stone towards any potential career in the sciences.

We will run two Smart Living courses this year. Please note the two different set of deadlines for each course application. Please note that the last three days of the course will be a camp at Froggy Pond in Simon’s Town. 

For application forms, please contact Katja on education@aquarium.co.za.

  • Course 2 dates: 9, 16, 23 & 29-31 May 2015
  • Application Deadline: 15 April 2015
  • Course 3 dates: 29 June-3 July 2015
  • Application Deadline: 26 May 2015

SeaFans Course – Grade 9s

In its third year, the SeaFans course is proving to be more and more popular. A free, introductory course to oceanography and marine careers, this course is ideally suited for grade 9s who have an interest in marine life and science and who are considering this as a career path. This is especially important for grade 9s, as this is the grade in which final subject choices are made.

The course runs over five days, covering various physical aspects of the oceans, with a few animal examples added to the mix. We ensure that the course is as hands-on as possible, with various activities and outings included. To apply, please provide the following:

  1. Write a letter of motivation (about 350 to 800 words) asking to participate. In this letter students should illustrate how they have come to be interested in marine science and how they feel this course will benefit them. They can also express their future career interests and leadership aspirations. Candidates will be selected mainly on the strength of this motivation, so it is imperative to put time and thought into its compilation. A contact e-mail address and phone number should be indicated so that we can contact them directly.
  2. The application needs to be accompanied by a supporting letter written by a Teacher or the Principal to indicate that the applicant shows potential in terms of Life Science/ Biology and geography.

Use the application form at the bottom of the page to apply.

  • Dates: 6-10 July 2015
  • Application deadline: 5 June 2015

Young Biologist Course – Grade 10s

This course is aimed at grade 10s who are passionate about the marine environment and committed to making a change. Like the course in October 2014, the applicants will spend four days at the Two Oceans Aquarium covering theory vital for volunteering. The remaining three days of the course are spent at camp outside of Cape Town. Upon the completion of the programme the new YBs are required to commit to at least 30 volunteer hours at the Two Oceans Aquarium, do an environmental clean-up as well as an eco-activity at their respective schools. An official graduation takes place six months after the completion of the course.

As the course is offered for free, suitable candidates are chosen based on their applications. We need the following two documents in order to complete an application:

  1. Write a letter of motivation (about 350 to 800 words) asking to participate. In this letter students should illustrate how they have come to be interested in marine and coastal ecology, and how they feel this course will benefit them. They can also express their future career interests and leadership aspirations. Candidates will be selected mainly on the strength of this motivation, so it is imperative to put time and thought into its compilation. A contact e-mail address and phone number should be indicated so that we can contact them directly.
  2. 2. The application needs to be accompanied by a supporting letter written by a Teacher or the Principal to indicate that the applicant shows potential in terms of Life Science/ Biology and displays a commitment to Environmental Awareness.

Use the application form at the bottom of the page to apply. Please note that there are two courses happening this year, with different application deadlines:

  • Young Biologist Volunteer Course – 6-12 April 2015
  • Application deadline: 25 February 2015
  • Young Biologist Volunteer Course – 5-11 October 2015
  • Application deadline: 2 September 2015

Exploring Oceanography and Zoology (Grade 11)

The course is being offered at no charge to 50 grade 11s who show an interest in marine science and who wish to pursue a career in this field. The purpose of this course is to provide important basic environmental, zoological and biological content, while providing enrichment for students interested in marine life. We also aim to increase the interest in marine careers.

Examples of course content include:

  • Ocean geology
  • Ocean chemistry
  • Introduction to oceanography
  • Marine ecosystems
  • Levels of organisation in living organisms
  • Comparative life processes and physiology
  • Classification and characteristics of major marine Phyla

To apply, please read the below criteria:

  • Write aletter of motivation (about 350 to 500 words) asking to participate. In this letter students should illustrate how they have come to be interested in marine-related topics, and how they feel this course will benefit them. They can also express their future career interests and leadership aspirations. Candidates will be selected mainly on the strength of this motivation, so it is imperative to put time and thought into its compilation.  A contact e-mail address and phone number for the applicant should be indicated so that we can contact them directly.
  • Submit a supporting letter written by a teacher or the principal to indicate that the applicant shows potential in terms of Life Science/Biology. The selection of candidates is limited to 50 interested learners from the Greater Cape Town area.

Use the application form at the bottom of the page to apply.

  • Exploring Zoology dates: 13-17 July 2015
  • Exploring Oceanography dates: 5-11 October 2015
  • Students need to do both parts to get the full benefit of this course.
  • Application deadline: 26 February 2015

Matric Life Science Revision Workshop

We will do a full overview of all the work covered during the Matric year, spending more time on difficult concepts, and providing as much time as possible for questions from the floor. Each day will start with time for questions about work covered in the previous day. Towards the end of the week we will focus on curriculum documents, previous exams and sample exam questions. Pupils will leave the course with notes on all the work covered (essentially, a study guide for the year), the curriculum document and several past exam papers. We will be encouraging participants to start self-study groups at school and may be able to offer support and follow-up sessions for the group leaders.

We would like to target motivated pupils who are performing reasonably well, but have the desire/potential to do even better.

Please contact Katja on education@aquarium.co.zafor application forms.

  • Dates: 29 June-3 July 2015
  • Application deadline: 29 May 2015

Apply for a course

We run a number of sea-themed courses for high-schoolers during the year. These free courses are aimed at learners who are passionate about the marine environment and committed to making a change. If you are interested in applying for one of these courses, please fill in the application form below, paying careful attention to what grades may apply for each course, and their respective deadlines.

Deadlines

  • Young Biologist Volunteer Course – 2 September 2015
  • Exploring Oceanography & Zoology – 26 February 2015
  • Matric Workshop – 29 May 2015
  • SeaFans Course – 5 June 2015
     

Apply for a course

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