ARC = Aquaculture Remote ClassroomThe ARC is a mobile classroom which has been designed to raise young people’s awareness of aquaculture. The diverse nature of aquaculture means there is plenty to learn and talk about.
A Classroom on WheelsYes, the ARC is literally a truck-sized classroom which is travelling throughout Ireland to bring aquaculture to your school doorstep. The classroom is fully equipped to provide visitors with an interactive and engaging experience with large screen displays, VR headsets and hands-on group activities. Through active learning, pupils learn about aquaculture, explore its role in food production and in preserving the environment, and discover how it affects their local community.
Farmed in the EUBord Iascaigh Mhara has developed the ARC as part of its involvement in the EU Commission Farmed in the EU Project. Farmed in the EU aims to highlight the benefits of aquaculture as an industry that produces fresh sustainable seafood, creates employment and helps sustain rural communities. Across 10 countries, the project is bringing schools and aquaculture professionals together to help students learn about the sector and its impact on the local community and beyond.
What to expect when the ARC Mobile Classroom visits your School
When the ARC visitsThe ARC experience is divided into four parts, each requiring roughly 1 hour. Each part includes an interactive presentation followed by a hands-on activity for pupils. The activities have been developed to reinforce learning through inquiry, solving problems, group work and active learning. The ARC experience addresses strands of the of SESE Science, SESE Geography and SPHE Education curricula.
Part 1: What is Aquaculture
- Definition and comparison to traditional agriculture.
- Overview of the main types of aquaculture in Ireland.
- Methods employed in each sector with detailed account of biology, ecology and environmental factors.
Part 2: Socio Economic Impact
- Historical analysis of coastal rural Ireland and its depopulation.
- Job Creation opportunities.
- Significance of primary industries in a community’s development.
- Associated employment.
- Economic impact.
Part 3: Geographic and Environmental Influences
- Geographic and climatic suitability of Ireland.
- The requirements for each of the three main types of aquaculture.
- Water quality, tides, tourism, and environmental impact.
- Map reading, deduction, analysis and decision making.
Part 4: Nutrition and Health
- Overview of the food pyramid and importance of seafood in
- Global food resources and population growth.
After the ARC visit• We will provide you with some follow-on activities to do with your pupils (these will be provided on the day). • We will be inviting schools to submit their pupil projects to aquaculture.ie before the end of June 2019.
Before you register your school for an ARC visit
- Make sure that you can provide a suitable and safe parking spot for the ARC and there is an electric point for us to plug into (max. 50m from parking spot).
- We will contact you to arrange a suitable day to visit your school.