Ireland October 2018

Tova, emma, amber, leah

At the beginning of the project, the students got split into groups, each containing someone from Sweden, Norway and England.

What we have learnt in Ireland

The farming of seafood.

The seaweed industry




Ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed.
The quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance

We are so grateful for this trip, for the people we have met and especially for the amazing knowledge we have gained.
We have learnt how to work well together.

Here is a report from the Norwegian Students

On Monday we started the day to getting to know the other students from England and Sweden. We had some games and talked to each other. We also had a presentation of our school. At lunch time, we had a historical walk to a castle near the town, the Dunboy castle. We had a guide who told us about the castle and the place around. Before we ended the day, we watched a presentation about BlueFishproject. That was a project they have in Castletownbere and some other places in Ireland and Wales. They also told us that we were going to do the rest of the week and showed us some equipment we were going to use.

What we learned: We learned about some history about the castle and the town, and the area around. We learned about the BlueFish project and what they do, and why.

The next day we started the day with visiting an old abalone farm, who they now have many liters with water that day examine, and they are trying to find out who they can get money out of this. After lunch, we watched a little more detailed presentation after yesterdays short presentation. After the presentation, we were divided into groups, and went out to do some tests of seaweed on different places. We collected different types of seaweed that we are going to look at the next day. We also looked at animals who lives in this area, animals like crabs and seaweed lice.

What we learned: We learned about how abalone is difficult to produce and have a marked for, because it takes many years to produce abalones, and then it is long way to get to the marked, it isn’t profitable. We also learned about who they use the water repeatedly and who they exploit the water in other ways. We learned about who they collect seaweed examples and why they do it in this way. We also learned more about the different types of seaweed.

On Wednesday the studends did four different things. Someone started inside, with the seaweed they collected the day before. They took the weight of the different types, and from the different transects. They made some graphs, so they could see who the seaweed developed. On the next activity, they looked at who a ROV works and what they are using it to. We also took some examples from the water. At the 3rd activity, they looked at the water examples they took. They looked after different plankton types, and they draw them. At the last activity, they went out at the sea, and examined the transparency, and some other stuff.

What we learned: We learned about how they are doing the different examples of the water, seaweed, and the organisms in the water, and why they are doing it. We also learned who the who they are using the ROV.

On Thursday the students started the day with watching some presentations about H2O in the water, and how it is affecting the water in different ways. They also watched a presentation about mussels. After the presentations, they worked in the groups and exanimated mussels. They measured the length, width, and depth. They also looked at the weight before and after they cooked them. They also looked at the weight at the meat and at just the shell.

What we learnd: We learned more about who the C2O affects the water when it comes to the pH and other important parts in the water. We also learned about mussels, and why they are dangerous to eat some part of the year. We also learned what they are looking for when they sell mussels.

On Friday, our last day in Castletownbere, the four different groups worked with a presentation about what they have learned during the week and told all the other about that in the end of the day. After that we packed up our cars and startet on our way back home to Norway. We are very happy and thankful for the job BIM have done during our week in Castletownbere and the studens have learned a lot.



UK April 2018

Susswater – Norway and Sweden visit Paignton April 2018

South Devon College hosted the 2nd week of project activities from 16th April to 20th April 2018.

We welcomed learners from Norway and Sweden, plus teachers who undertook a week of structured activities looking at Water Quality issues in Torbay.

The week commenced with poster presentations from the visiting students which helped to introduce the learners to each other and gain an understanding of the water systems and issues in their local area. This was followed by a visit to the Marine Laboratories in Plymouth where students learned about the activities currently underway at this Centre for Marine research.

The second day comprised of practical activities including pond sampling and investigation followed by a beach clean that most of the students enjoyed however the weather was not good, cold and raining which somewhat dampened the spirits!

An early start on Wednesday for a tour of Brixham Fish Market to see a large market in operation, followed in the afternoon by a visit to the Living Coasts Centre in Torquay, a visitor Centre for coastal wildlife.

On Thursday morning students undertook work on their posters followed in the afternoon to a visit to Hay Tor on Dartmoor and a traditional Devon Cream Tea.

The week concluded with a sailing trip at the Dart Marina prior followed by a debrief and review of the week, then departure and farewells in the afternoon.

Alongside these educational activities, there were a range of social events and cultural activities which really added to the learners overall experience.

All students completed Evaluation Sheets with feedback being mainly positive, with knowledge being gained particularly re the issue of micro-plastics in water and the variety of activities. Some commented on how they would have liked more time to integrate with students from other counties. This will be addressed in the next visit to Ireland where it is planned to mix the countries groups when undertaking activities

It was excellent to have a second multi-cultural trip with learners from different backgrounds working together to solve problems and generate ideas for the future relating to sustainability and the continuation from the first week was a real benefit to the organisations.