What the VAK with Marine Science?: A Workshop to Put You in Students' Shoes
Current: The Journal of Marine Education
midst of a series of presentations and workshops that were focused primarily on efforts to bring the concept of Ocean Literacy to European institutions and general public, a workshop was presented that was meant to educate, motivate, and entertain. This workshop, called What the VAK? (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic) with Marine Science-A Multisensory Approach to Marine Education, literally had everyone in the room out of their seats participating actively in the dual role of teacher and learner.
... This presentation was so engaging and so easily adapted to any presenter's locale that I strongly encouraged the leaders of this workshop, who work for the Akwarium Gdyńskie (Gdynia Aquarium) in Poland, to bring this workshop to the 2017 NMEA conference. So, with support from their aquarium and scholarships from NMEA's Expanding Audiences funds, Dominika and Katarzyna were able to attend our conference this summer and present What the VAK? As expected, the session was exceptionally well-received and gave attendees some new ideas and tools for teaching adaptations, classification, and interaction among species. I was quite excited to have them join us in Charleston, and now I am equally pleased to have them share some of the back story of the creation of this program, the setting in which they work, and the feedback related to this specific program that they have received from teachers who have brought classes to their aquarium. -Robert Rocha FIGURE 1. Education through play for students ages 4-6, at the Gdynia Aquarium.