Sunday 31 May, 2020

CCMI launches live online reef course for those in self-isolation

CCMI will be releasing a weekly live education session each Friday for the next three weeks as part of its Reefs Go Live programme. This is a fantastic opportunity for those who are under home isolation to learn about the reefs in Little Cayman and CCMI's research and education as it relates to unlocking the secrets of coral resiliency with changing environmental conditions.

Beginning on March 27, Reefs Go Live is CCMI’s innovative live-streaming education programme that connects students to the ocean via live broadcasts with its researchers and educators from under the ocean. All broadcasts can be found online along with a host of teaching and student activities. 

Starting with ‘How Do Scientists Grow Coral’, the module will include a 5-10-minute video and a 30-minute live question and answer session from CCMI’s Education Coordinator, Maisy Fuller, and Marine Operations Coordinator, Giacomo Santoro. Supporting educational resources and activities for students can also be found online at reefresearch.org for extra projects!

The first of three modules, ‘How do Scientists Grow Coral?’ will include footage of researchers diving on the reefs in Bloody Bay Marine Park, where students will ‘virtually’ visit Little Cayman’s coral nurseries. Students will be introduced to CCMI’s coral reef research programme and learn what it is like to be a scientist.   

In the first module, students will get a brief history about why growing coral is much like gardening, what corals are, why corals are endangered, why it’s necessary to grow corals in nurseries, and learn some basic scientific restoration methods.

Over the next three weeks, students will also learn how they can get involved in science. Topics such as endangered species, predators, coral bleaching, and climate change will be included.

Programme information will be shared via the website page:

https://reefresearch.org/what-we-do/education/reefs-go-live/

The direct link for the first lesson is: https://youtu.be/Fik505SnAPw 

For more information about CCMI’s education programmes, please contact education@reefresearch.org. For information about sponsorship of Reefs Go Live, please contact Kholden@reefresearch.org.

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