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Aberdeen school visit

MAR-ECO school visit

In early May 2006, students and teachers from three schools spent a week together in Aberdeen, Scotland. The students and teachers from Vyduno Secondary School in Klaipeda, Lithuania, and from a Secondary School in Pico, the Azores, flew to Scotland to meet with their counterparts from Ellon Academy just outside of Aberdeen. They are all working together as part of a MAR-ECO / Comenius-supported school project. MAR-ECO PhD student and Public Outreach coordinator, Nicolas (Nikki) King also participated.

Host school, Ellon Academy was established in 1876 and among other things holds two world records. One, from 1999, for the world’s largest sand castle (six and a half miles or 10.5km), and the second for staging the world’s largest Scottish Reel (kind of Scottish country dancing) (2004).
Before sitting down to compare each schools’ respective activities and MAR-ECO student projects, host teachers Jenny Gallacher and Dave Cordiner ensured that the combined group took advantage of the region’s many highlights including visiting Oceanlab, where Nikki works, and which is directed by MAR-ECO researcher, Monty Priede. A visit to Arbuthnott Museum was particularly interesting as its exhibition of the whaling industry, attests to a history that is shared by the Azores’ students.

The group’s teachers also had the opportunity of participating in the SETT conference (Scottish Education Teaching with Technology) that was being held at the same time in Aberdeen.

The three-school collaboration will highlight the students’ work next spring, May 2007 with a combined exhibition of the student projects that will then tour the three schools.

Click here to read a detailed report about the visit written by Ellon Academy teachers Dave Cordiner and Jenny Gallacher.

 

Click here to learn more about MAR-ECO scientist and PhD student Nikki King, who was also a scientist in residence at Ellon Academy for a year.

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