Education & Awareness
Marine Sciences Discoverer course
Meet the course coordinators
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!
Bianca Engel is the Deputy Head of Education at the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation.
She has a BSc degree, with a major in Zoology, from UCT and a Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Education ( Major in Mathematics and Science). Bianca started as a volunteer at the Two Oceans Aquarium 22 years ago. She is most passionate about sharing her love for the marine environment with varying audiences and inspiring them to take action.
When not at work, Bianca enjoys spending time with friends and her extended family, by supporting local artists, exploring our city as a tourist, crocheting items or just spending time in nature.
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.
Topics that children will learn when they do this course:
- Origin of our planet
- Ocean floor topography
- Basic classification
- The atmosphere and currents
- Marine arthropods and molluscs
- Rocky shores and open ocean ecosystems
- South African marine ecosystem
- Human impacts
Dates: new dates to be confirmed
Duration: Three weeks
Format: Live Zoom sessions with our teachers
Live sessions: 15h30 to 17h30 (GMT+2) Tuesdays and Thursdays
Age group: 13 to 15-year old children
Cost: R750 per child
The Marine Sciences Discoverer course introduces students to some basic principles of oceanography, ecology, marine biology and human impacts on the environment. This course provides important basic biological and oceanographic information. This is then applied to two marine ecosystems in particular, the rocky shore and open ocean. Throughout the course career guidance is also provided, for any prospective marine scientists. It supplements and supports school curriculum material and provides enrichment for students interested in marine science.
We will have six live sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, over three weeks. Course participants will also get access to our e-learning platform, for complementary and extra content. Should you miss a live session, you will be able to catch up on our e-learning platform, as we record all of them. 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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