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Virtual Floating Classroom | The 2020 Way

by Jorge Mahauad | Nov 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic affected our ability to provide our youth with in-person marine education activities. In the past couple of years, we have been providing close to 200 experiences, including fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, small boating, kayaking, and of course, the floating classroom.  

But we couldn't let this year finish without bringing marine education to our youth, at least in a virtual way. So we invited all the AMIkids Programs to a virtual floating classroom and encouraged everyone to join us. 

During the 90-minute remotel Floating Classroom experience, we included a virtual boat trip onboard the Orlando's Rose in a curriculum packed with outdoor fun and followed by conservation science activities. We field sampled seagrass beds, provided a view of the Tampa Bay area's estuary environment, rode an underwater drone, and much, much more. The pre-recorded segments on the boat matched a series of live web-based interactive presentations, creating a relatively seamless live experience for our youth. 

In the end, over 150 youth and 100 team members in 17 AMIkids programs participated in the event. Thanks to our communications, IT regional and executive directors, and their teams for making this event such a success. Also, special thanks to MOTE Marine Laboratory and Aquarium for partnering with us for this and many more floating classroom events. 

In one way or another, we have reached about 200 youth with marine education content this year. In 2020 terms, that's good enough.

You can watch the recording below or access the full resources folder using this link.