Did you know that sharks have evolved over 400 million years and have special powers? Derek hopes to create a new generation of shark heroes by allowing children to explore sharks through an engaging app and video series.
I am a nature lover through and through. I grew up spending most of my time outdoors in Michigan, USA. Hiking, camping, boating, swimming – it didn’t matter. As long as I was outside, I was happy. I have always felt a passion for water, whether it is fresh or salt or in a lake, river or ocean. When I was a child our family used to travel to Florida on vacation and to visit family friends. It was on one of these trips, listening to the naturalist on a boat tour of the Everglades, that I decided I wanted...
We would like to create an educational web/mobile app and video series to teach kids about the external anatomy and evolutionary traits that make many sharks incredible apex predators, but also the vulnerabilities and conservation challenges sharks face globally.
One of the main challenges in shark conservation is breaking stereotypes and makings sharks interesting without harnessing the ‘monster’ mentality. We want to introduce kids to exciting facts in a new way that is dynamic and engaging, while also matching a curriculum that can be incorporated into standard learning modules.
Shark education can be intimidating for teachers, so we want to create a complete curriculum packet for educators that includes digital media content and teaching guides. Videos and images act as powerful tools not only for education, but also for changing perceptions of sharks. This content can in turn be used in an app to further engage students and get them excited to learn about sharks. We are hoping an interactive app will help exchange fear with facts.
At Sharks4Kids we believe that education of our youth is paramount for conservation of marine systems, and we strive to develop educational materials that make shark education and conservation issues available and accessible to students of all ages at no cost to the student or educator.
The general aim of this project is to develop an educational web/mobile app and video series to teach kids about sharks. Our specific objectives for the app are as follows:
Building a generation of critical thinkers and fostering a sense of connection are what Candice’s work at the Cape Eleuthera Island School in The Bahamas is all about. By challenging children to seek out the answers to their questions themselves and enabling them to visit important marine ecosystems, Candice is encouraging new advocates for the environment and empowering them to make changes in their world.
Terence has been running the Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles and working with the Unisey Centre for Environment and Education (UCEE) for many years. He is a long-standing grant recipient from the Foundation. His work has been to make the wonders of the natural world, and the incredible heritage of Seychelles, available to children and young adults. By learning and immersing themselves in nature, Terence hopes to guide children to the best environmental solutions and help older youth on a path to study the natural world at university.
Jonas works in one of the world’s marine wonders, Raja Ampat in West Papua, Indonesia – but his heart knows that social justice and environmental conservation go hand-in-hand. His project therefore aims to build a safe learning centre to provide free education to children and teens, through his Child Aid Papua Foundation. Here, Jonas believes that local communities – many of whom have not benefitted from tourism and rapid development – will have a chance to learn about and understand their changing world. He wants to empower young people with skills to help implement their own change and direction.