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Grade 7-9 Marine Sciences Explorer Online Course


Meet your course coordinator

Anzio Abels is the Smart Living Outreach Educator at the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation. He studied Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the University of the Western Cape, with electives in Environmental and Water Sciences. He has a keen interest in the natural world and the human-nature interaction, with a focus on conservation and environmental awareness. His long history of working and volunteering in the field of nature conservation, has led to being part of research projects studying various animals, from Heaviside’s dolphins to velvet worms. He has basic skills in falconry and animal husbandry, from working as an animal handler at a reputable raptor and wildlife rehabilitation centre. Teaching about the conservation and sustainable use of our natural resources, and raising awareness about the importance of our natural ecosystems, is what he enjoys the most. Other than education work with the Foundation, he is involved in the Scouts of South Africa, where he is further involved in youth development. His previous IT knowledge and skills have been pivotal in the transition of classroom based learning to online platforms, and other online offerings, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Course content

Below the topics included in the two-week, online course: 

  • Introduction to Marine Sciences & related careers
  • South African shoreline and marine ecosystems
  • Basic classification
  • Life processes & ecological concepts
  • Understanding basic oceanography concepts 
  • Introduction to evolution and vertebrate classes

Course details:

Dates: 15 to 26 March 2021
Live session times: 15h30 to 17h30 (GMT+2) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Format: Zoom sessions with our teachers and content on our e-learning platform
Age group: 13 to 15-years
Price: R1000

The Marine Sciences Explorer course introduces students to some basic principles of oceanography, ecology and marine biology. This course highlights topics covering biology and oceanography within the marine sciences. See the 'course content' tab for more details.

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.

We will have eight live sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, over two weeks. Course participants will also get access to our e-learning platform, for complementary and extra content. Since we are 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.

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