By: Heidi Kilian
This year the Department of Education officially introduced the new Marine Sciences curriculum at Grade 10 level. 15 Empangeni High School students chose Marine Sciences as a subject for 2021 and their teacher approached us for assistance in teaching some of the more challenging aspects of the Grade 10 Marine Sciences Curriculum.
Last Saturday, nine very eager students and three staff members attended a full day course at uShaka Sea World. With hands-on activities, experiments, the examination of dried and live specimens, the subject was brought to life.
One of the students, Lulonke Mpanza, said that by doing the density experiment it clearly showed him the difference between fresh and salt water and how these two bodies of water interact. Lulonke even scored this experiment a 10 out of 5.
One of the highlights, apart from the aquarium, was the crab dissection which provided excitement for all. Our educators enjoyed imparting their knowledge and inspiring these young learners. We hope to provide this opportunity to many more Marine Science students in the years to come.