Marine Energy Wales and its parent company Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, have developed an education programme called the “Coastal Curriculum” which educates young people about the pressures that are currently being put on our coast and seas. The aim is to inspire them to live a more sustainable lifestyle and unlock an interest in the possibility of exciting local careers here in Wales. Through expert led lessons and activities, both in school and out by the sea, the programme works to connect students to the physical, human and environmental elements of the coast.
The programme is one of the first to incorporate marine energy into the curriculum, through geography, Welsh Baccalaureate and STEM lessons. Our marine energy workshops develop pupils’ understanding of the benefits of renewable energy, and introduces them to people at the forefront of this innovative sector.
The programme also demonstrates how renewables are helping Wales meet its global responsibilities towards climate change. We work closely with our members to allow pupils to gain an authentic insight into the industry, offering field trips to view marine energy devices where possible, and introducing them to the different types of jobs the sector is creating.
If you are interested in finding out more about our education programme, or if you are a marine energy company that would like to get involved in the delivery of our workshops please get in touch.
Primary School Resources
We have recently developed our online education resources which are available to download and use. These materials are to be freely shared but are required to be credited. We have created an introduction to Marine Energy PowerPoint (with notes), as well as a follow-up exercise, available in both English and Welsh.
Secondary School Resources
A presentation covering marine renewables: Tidal range, Tidal Stream and Wave energy converters. Pupils investigate how these technologies are being developed to tackle the challenges of climate change and resource depletion.
Split into two sessions with built-in animations and Assessment for Learning (AfL) questions. Content cover elements of the WJEC GCSE Double Science Award module 1 and WJEC GCSE Physics module 3. Additional material is included so pupils can understand how the technology works including an animation of electromagnetic induction.
The materials cover renewable forms of generation, the role of the national grid, the need to balancing supply and demand. A Sankey diagram is provided for a generic tidal stream generator. Advantages and disadvantages of each form of marine energy are discussed. The challenges of siting generators in the marine environment is covered, and the potential they have to contribute to the electricity grid reaching net-zero is discussed.
Teachers notes are provided on the slides.
A follow-up sheet (pdf) is provided with comprehension and assessment style questions.
Available in English and Welsh.
GCSE Science presentations:
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
You may adapt and share the content of these presentations to educate about marine energy. You are required to acknowledge Marine Energy Wales if you do so.
Global Citizenship Skills Challenge
The Welsh Baccalaureate, or Welsh Bacc for short, is unique to Wales.
It has been introduced to prepare students between the ages of 14 and 19 for employability, further study and life. A student is awarded the Welsh Bacc by completing the Skills Challenge Certificate – a skills-based qualification along with achieving a specified combination of qualifications.
Pupils complete the Global Citizenship Challenge as part of the Skills Challenge Certificate. We have updated the Marine Energy challenge and this has been approved for use by the awarding body WJEC.
You’ll find information that will help you complete the challenge throughout this website and on our YouTube channel.
If you work at a school or college and would like a presentation on marine energy or further support for your learners please do get in touch.
Get the Challenges
Ocean of Opportunity
An Ocean of Opportunity is a careers booklet with information on possible careers in the emerging marine renewables sector and routes into this exciting industry. Produced by the POMH with the support of other MEW members and created as part of the Coastal Communities Adapting Together project.
Marine Energy Careers Event 2020
The Marine Energy Wales team supported an event organised by Pembrokeshire based members for students from Ysgol Harri Tudur and Pembrokeshire College. Students heard from a wide range of speakers and took part in workshops to find out more about this exciting industry.
The Port of Milford Haven commissioned this video to share events on the day.
Contributors: Port of Milford Haven, Mainstay Marine, Bombora Wave Power, Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence, Pembrokeshire College, Swansea University, Pembrokeshire County Council (Bucanier Project)
Wider Community Education and Outreach
Marine energy visitor centre
The mobile Marine Energy Visitor Centre is an interactive exhibition covering what marine energy is, the opportunity it offers to provide clean energy and development of the economy for coastal Wales.
- It covers tidal range, tidal stream and wave technologies.
- Developed as part of the Marine Energy Test Area, it showcases technology developed in Wales and the role that META will play in the development of the industry.
- The two robust interactive cabinets are designed to be loaned to public venues such as libraries, museums, and innovation centres. The display is also suitable for larger events.
Golden Grove School, Pembroke
Year 5/6 pupils from Golden Grove School visited Carew Tidal Mill near Pembroke. This is an intact example of a 19th-century tidal mill. Pupils find out about how the power of the tides was harnessed to produce flour from wheat grain. At the cutting edge of technology at the time of its construction, it is the forerunner of modern Tidal schemes such as the proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
Pupils then visited Milford Haven to see Marine Power Systems’ WaveSub device. Pupils heard first hand from engineers who worked on the device and found out how its components worked together to capture the energy from the Waves.
This trip was part of a series of similar trips, other schools that have also taken part in similar fieldwork include; Lamphey CP, St Florence VC and Haverfordwest VC.
This work was made possible by a partnership between MEW, Marine Power Systems, Darwin Science, Pembrokeshire College, Carew Castle and Tidal Mill (Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority). Funding for school transport was provided by the Bluestone Foundation.