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Connect your classroom with the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity Centre (CARMABI) from the island of Curaçao


The Coral Live expedition team engaged students around the world with the wonders of the coral reefs and the human impact on these fragile ecosystems through a series of live broadcasts from 29 October to 09 November 2018.

Covering less than 1 percent of the marine environment, coral reefs are home to 25 percent of marine species and important nursery habitats to edible fish. It is estimated that 1 billion people depend on food from the reefs.

Exploring this fascinating topic, Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, educator and expedition leader, and Ellie Mackay, science communicator, brought corals to life for classrooms around the world.

Working with researchers at the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) research station, Jamie and Ellie hosted thirty interactive education broadcasts for teachers keen to bring science, geography and primary school learning to their classroom.

Running on Digital Explorer’s YouTube Live Channel, teachers were able to introduce their students to any of the five topics: an introduction to coral, coral ecosystems, corals and climate change, the deep reef and the coral adaptation.

Each day of broadcasts was dedicated to one of these themes and classes could choose from three different live broadcast formats running twice daily, live investigations, interviews with experts and Ask-Me-Anything sessions.

In partnership with CARMABI
Established in 1955 as a marine research institute, Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) has 4 pillars on which it works; scientific research on both marine and terrestrial ecological subjects, nature management of marine and terrestrial parks, environmental education, public advise and consultancy to third parties. Today CARMABI provides facilities and logistical support to upwards of 70 visiting researchers and graduate students per year, manages nine protected areas on Curaçao , the largest of which is the 1,860-hectare Christoffelpark, and runs an educational program reaching about 12,000 school children per year.

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