Teaching Marine Biology in a primary school in Gdansk, Poland.

Today I had two lessons in a primary school with children aged 10-12. The first one was about coral reefs and the second one about exploration of the deep sea. I brought a compass with me and let the children decide where we go first. They had a choice of what we talked about and I was happy to let them decide where the lesson goes. They were indeed very interested and asked many questions.

I managed to borrow several beautiful specimens of shells and corals and show them to the children. Although we live by the Baltic sea, the kids have little knowledge of what wonders lie beneath the waves of the world’s oceans. Maybe one kid has seen a coral reef before, that’s all!

We embarked on a journey of imagination that took us far across the seas and into the deepest parts of the ocean. We learned about different ecosystems, from tropical reefs to polar regions and even hydrothermal vents in the deep-sea.

*No pics of children, since I had no time to ask their parents for permission. Believe me, they were there 🙂

I genuinely love doing this and enjoy sharing my knowledge about oceans with the next generation. Hopefully my passion will infect some of them and they will care for the oceans as much as I do!


About Zofia Drapella

I always seek adventures, but want them to be meaningful (usually related to science, marine biology, teaching). I so often find myself in the most amazing circumstances and incredible places with inspiring people. I genuinely consider myself to be the luckiest person in the world... I love nature, oceans, mountains, jungles. I try my best to capture what I have the privilege to see/experience and share it with others.
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