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 has been become one of the first to incorporate marine energy into the National Curriculum, through geography, Welsh Baccalaureate and STEM lessons. Our marine energy workshops develops pupils’ understanding of the benefits of renewable energy, and introduces them to people at the forefront of this innovative sector. They also demonstrate 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 out 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.
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.