About the Blue Planet Odyssey Educational Program
The Blue Planet Odyssey will reach out to schools worldwide by way of a comprehensive educational program. As participants, we will be getting local schools actively involved in following the progress of the Blue Planet Odyssey, while schools on the Blue Planet Odyssey route will also have the opportunity to communicate with each other.
We will be calling upon some of the most remote and endangered parts of our planet. The Blue Planet Odyssey website, social media and other accessible technology such as Skype will be used to maximize contacts between schools, as well as providing windows to the places visited. For example, in Guadeloupe a ‘virtual classroom’ will be set up with the local aquarium which is doing vital conservation work for marine wildlife.
Up to date information on the Blue Planet Odyssey’s progress around the world will be available in a number of forms: via the website and social media, from video ‘viewsletters’ uploaded to the internet, as well as regular electronic newsletters. Schools will be able to follow the participating boats online as each boat will be fitted with a tracker device for automatic updates on their positions.
Resources will be provided to enable pupils to learn about the places visited by the Blue Planet Odyssey, and to discover why our changing climate is a real threat to those places, from the coral reefs of the Caribbean and low-lying atolls in the Pacific to the Arctic wilderness of the North West Passage.
Support and resources will also be provided for participants as they set up links with schools in their own countries.
Participating Organizations and Schools
GA Aquarium Education Department
The Georgia Aquarium educational experience is an opportunity for students to discover the aquatic realm in an immersive learning environment. The Aquarium’s Education Department strives to make the educational experience an extension of the classroom.
Lake Norman Yacht Club Sailing CampLNYC Sailing Camp youth will be following the journey and interacting with other schools along the way.
Established in 1961, LNYC is a non-profit club whose mission is to promote sailing and sailboat racing in a fun, family atmosphere. We have programs for children and adults, as well as an active social calendar. LNYC enjoys a national reputation for organizing and conducting well-managed races. We are a national leader in our number of US Sailing certified Judges and Club race officers. In 1999, the club received the St Petersburg award from US Sailing for excellence in race management, one of US Sailing's highest awards.
Viridis Graduate InstituteSchool of Echopsychology
VGI focuses on preparing students to enter the global community and implement ecopsychological means to solve complex problems. Our online graduate studies are augmented by in-person sessions that meet in environmental habitats. Degree programs include a Masters and Doctorate degree. Non-degree programs include Executive Certificate and Introduction Course options.
- The highly qualified staff at Beverly Hills will produce 21st century learners by working collaboratively with parents, students, and the community using best practices and 21st century resources to help all students excel as critical problem solvers.
The mission of Beverly Hills Elementary School, a diverse neighborhood school where all children can succeed, is to provide 21st century resources and tools that create a path which all students can become life-long learners and thoughtful decision makers.