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Marine Institute and high schools partner to launch new marine course and study tour

Ref. No. 18

DATE:     Oct. 12, 2001
SUBJECT:     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 observations.

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 delivery."

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:

Kimberley Thornhill
Corporate and External Affairs
Fisheries and Marine Institute
(709) 778-0544
Wayne Jackman
King Academy
(709) 885-2319
Edmund Arnott
Bishops College
(709) 579-4107 ext. 224
Barry Roberts
Chief Executive Officer
Burin Peninsula School Board
(709) 279-2870


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.


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