Last week, the ISN Grade 8 students embarked on a journey into the world of marine biology with an exciting and educational trip to the Centre de Découverte Mer et Montagne (CDMM). This "real life" experience added a new dimension to their studies.
Over the course of two action-packed days, students delved into the wonders of the Mediterranean Sea, uncovering its hidden treasures and diverse ecosystems through activities such as snorkelling, kayaking, hiking, and interactive learning sessions.
One of the highlights of the trip was kayaking. Selyann, one of the students, commented, "I loved kayaking; it was so much fun. I really liked the games and jumping in the water." Kayaking through the waters provided students with a unique perspective on marine life and the importance of preserving this fragile ecosystem.
Snorkelling was another activity that allowed the students to explore the underwater world. Julie, another participant, shared her experience: "I really enjoyed snorkelling and seeing so many organisms. We saw different sea urchins, posidonia, and algae." The snorkelling experience gave students an up-close encounter with the incredible biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea, helping them appreciate the importance of marine conservation efforts.
The students also embarked on a hiking adventure, during which they discovered the terrestrial ecosystems surrounding the coast. Julie added, "During the hiking, we saw different bees, and we even tasted a plant." This approach to learning allowed students to connect their biology studies to the broader natural world, fostering a deeper understanding of the intricate web of life.
The Marine Biology excursion took learning Beyond the Classroom. It offered Grade 8 students the unique opportunity to witness the magic of the Mediterranean Sea, fostering a sense of responsibility toward its conservation.