Subsea UK launches new schools education programme

Annette Thomas, project consultant for Subsea UK with pupils from Westpark Primary School.
Subsea UK consultant Anette Thomas with (from left) Westpark School pupils Abigail Burnett, Jak Mair, Alex Fyvie, Jayden Low, Angel Donald, Abi Cumming and Neil Gordon.

Aberdeen-based Subsea UK has launched a new schools education programme to provide teachers with a resource which shows real-life applications of the scientific principles they teach.

‘Subsea Channel’ was developed in response to industry wanting more young people to take an interest in science.  It has been designed to help teachers deliver the science curriculum with images and examples that engage pupils’ interest and imagination, to make the subject relevant and accessible to more young people.

Neil Gordon, Chief Executive, Subsea UK, said: “Teachers need resources which put science into context, showing how it can help solve real problems facing the world at large and fire children’s imagination. 

“On a practical level, resources need to be aligned to the education curriculum and flexible enough to be incorporated easily into classroom work. Industry must support education if we are to dramatically increase the number of young people taking science subjects and this initiative demonstrates what can be achieved by businesses working closely with schools.”

Subsea UK’s development team has produced a resource for use with 8-12 year olds which supports the Curriculum for Excellence in a way that makes the science relevant and exciting.  The resource is designed to support the teachers prepare and deliver their lessons and show the application of science in the real world and at work.

The resource is free and available to all schools throughout Scotland.

The resource is made up of five topics; Marine Biology, Surveying the Seabed, Vessels, Diving, ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) and Robotics.  Each topic “pack” contains a specific “Subsea Channel” film on the subject; together with a lesson plan and teaching notes with supplementary information for teacher reference to help plan their lessons. 

Angela McLean, teacher at Westpark Primary School, Aberdeen, said: “After using the Subsea Channel package in the classroom I was impressed at how well all of the resources fitted together and really stimulated pupils’ imaginations.

 “What really helps is the in-depth technical background information that is included for each topic.  The lesson plans are easy to follow and are mapped to the experiences and outcomes within the Curriculum for Excellence. They also include learning intentions and success criteria so teachers can just pick them up and teach them. 

“The films are extremely well made and the voiceover not only gives children information but it asks them questions which can be picked up later for discussion.”

Subsea UK subsequently hopes to add to the programmes on the Subsea Channel and also work with English and Welsh teachers to develop the lesson plans and teaching support aligned to the National Curriculum in England and Wales further strengthening the partnership between industry and education.

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