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Junior Biologist Online Course


Meet the course coordinator

Chanelle Naidoo is born and bred in Cape Town. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town, and an honours degree in geography from UNISA. Most recently she also qualified as a teacher by completing a postgraduate diploma in education. Before working at the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, her previous employment was working as people and environmental officer for the City of Cape Town, and as  environmental educator at Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. She joined the Aquarium in 2014 as an assistant educator. Many of our school groups, that visit our environmental education centre, are greeted by Chanelle’s friendly face. She teaches the daily lessons we offer in our discovery centres. She also coordinates many of the primary school and early high school courses. Many will already know Chanelle, especially if you have completed our Junior Biologist course, or the Ocean ‘Fun’atics online series. Chanelle enjoys interacting with our younger ocean enthusiasts and has a passion for environmental education.

During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her little daughter and other family outside in nature. She tries to also keep fit by running, walking or doing yoga. When not tending to her newly established veggie garden, Chanelle also likes learning new things. A new challenge is always welcome!

Course content

Topics that children will learn when they do this course:

One ocean – learn about our one ocean, and the different ocean basins

Criteria for life – what is needed for an organism to live

The Atlantic and Indian ocean basins – learn about the differences between the Indian and Atlantic ocean basins along the South African coastline

Rock pool inhabitants – what lives in the rock pools (introduction to the sea star family and anemones)

Octopus family – all about the octopus and its cousins (cuttlefish, nautilus and squid)

Turtles, tortoises and terrapins – how are turtles, tortoises and terrapins different? 

Fish – cartilaginous vs. bony fish

Penguins – meet the two species of penguin that live at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Coastal ecosystems – highlights around the important ecosystems along our coastline

Us and nature – how do we impact nature and what can we do better

Turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release programme – get a behind the scenes look into our turtle rehabilitation centre

Course details:

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Duration: One week
Format: Daily self-study topics, with live Zoom sessions with our teachers
Live sessions: 15h30 to 17h30 (GMT+2) Monday to Friday
Cost: R750 per learner

Suitable for children between the ages of 11 and 12 years, this course is aimed at children that are interested in the ocean, and its amazing animals and plants. For course content, see the 'Course content' tab below.

The teachers at the Environmental Education Centre, at the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, aim to link educational content with the South African CAPS curriculum. This course is great fun for young ocean enthusiasts, but it will also assist with what they are learning at school.

The course format is a combination of self-studying during the week, with live interactive sessions with our teachers from 15h30 to 17h30 from Monday to Friday. 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. A certificate will be issued to each participant at the end of the course.

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