The Marine Sciences Explorer course introduces students to key basic principles of oceanography, ecology and marine biology. This course covers topics such as life processes, classification, tides, salinity, the South African shoreline & marine ecosystems, introduction to marine vertebrates and differences between jawless, cartilaginous and bony fish. Learners and teachers will explore different marine ecosystems, such as estuaries and sandy shores, and the important roles these ecosystems play. The course will also delve into some of the key species that live and rely on these ecosystems. Ever wondered whether a shark is a fish? This course will clear that up for you as the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation's teachers will explain what bony, cartilaginous and jawless fish actually are.

The course highlights the diversity within the marine sciences field and is a great way to find out whether a marine career would be something to aspire to. Since Grade 9 is such an important year in terms of subject choices, we will also discuss which subjects are needed to study marine sciences at a tertiary level.

This course will include eight live sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, over two weeks. Course participants will also get access to the Education Foundation's e-learning platform, for additional content. Since this is online, this course is open to anyone in the world, as long as you have access to the internet, and are able to Zoom into our live sessions. There will also be weekly assessments, and a certificate will be issued to all participants at the end of the course. Find full course details here.

Course details:

  • Dates: 15 to 26 March 2021
  • Format: Zoom sessions with our teachers and content on the e-learning platform
  • Live sessions: 15h30 to 17h30 (GMT+2) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • Ages: Children 13 to 15 years
  • Cost: R1 000 per attendee

For more information and to register, click here.

About the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation

The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation is the registered non-profit and public benefit partner of the Two Oceans Aquarium. All donations and sponsorships that we receive are invested back into our four main focus areas: ocean conservation, awareness, research and education. By signing up for this course, you are an active contributor to the future success of these programmes. Please note that the course fee is also tax-deductible.

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