Ref. No. 18
||Oct. 12, 2001
||Marine Institute and high schools partner to launch new marine course and study tour
ST. JOHN'S AND HARBOUR BRETON - High school students on the province's
south coast will get an up close look at the marine industry next week as
the Marine Institute and King Academy, Harbour Breton kick off a new marine
technology course and an onboard marine study tour.
Students at King Academy are participating this fall in a new pilot
delivery of Marine Technology 2128. The course features a newly enhanced
curriculum that was jointly developed by the Marine Institute and King
Academy and approved by the Department of Education. The pilot course is
designed to provide students with an awareness of the nature and scope of
the marine related industries, the impact on our province's cultural
heritage and the ongoing technological innovations in these areas.
Through practical projects, students have the opportunity to discover and
develop special interests and abilities in the marine technology field that
may assist them in making a career choice. In-class teachers in Harbour
Breton as well as fisheries and marine instructors on-line at the Marine
Institute are delivering the course. Guest speakers from the marine
industry will also participate. Once the pilot delivery is complete, the
institute and the school plan to adapt the course for distance delivery.
In conjunction with the launch of the course, Memorial University's
training and research vessel, the M.V. Louis M. Lauzier, will conduct a
marine study tour of the province's south coast with high school students
from Bishops College, King Academy and the Burin Peninsula. Captain Jan
Negrijn of the Marine Institute and Fiona Cuthbert of the Faculty of
Science's Ocean Sciences Centre will lead the study tour. While on board,
students who were selected through essay contests will study such
topics as navigation, water chemistry, and
fish population processes and take part in plankton tows and environmental
Ten Bishops College students will join the Lauzier when the vessel leaves
St. John's on Oct. 15. Students from the Burin Peninsula will join the
vessel for overnight voyages while ten Marine Technology 2128 students from
King Academy will board the Lauzier for the return voyage on Oct. 19.
"The Marine Technology course and the Lauzier tour are tremendous
opportunities for young people to experience how the marine industries
operate today," said Les O'Reilly, the Marine Institute's executive
director. "King Academy is leading the way in delivering this innovative
course to its students and we hope that other provincial high schools will
offer Marine Technology 2128 in the future."
"Our partnership with the Marine Institute has allowed us to avail of their
expertise in fisheries and marine education," said Wayne Jackman, principal
of King Academy. "Our students will have a broader knowledge of the career
opportunities available to them in the marine industry through this pilot
While on tour, the Lauzier will be open to the public when she stops in St.
Mary's (Oct. 16), Burin (Oct. 17), Grand Bank (Oct. 18) and in Harbour
Breton (Oct. 19).
For more information, media may contact:
Corporate and External Affairs
Fisheries and Marine Institute
(709) 579-4107 ext. 224
Chief Executive Officer
Burin Peninsula School Board
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Students and faculty participating in the Lauzier study tour will be
available for interviews on Friday, Oct. 12 from 3-5 p.m. at the Southside
Marine Base, located at Pier 25 on the southside of St. John's Harbour.