World Oceans Day is celebrated on the 8th June each year, and this year, ORCA were excited to work with the Barclays Code Playground team to raise awareness of the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises.
The Code Playground project teaches students, teachers and parents to become digitally literate and gives resources and support to help young people get to grips with coding via lessons and workbooks.
The Education Team at ORCA worked with the Barclays Code Playground team to create a game where students had to help a whale navigate safely through the ocean to catch its prey, whilst avoiding man-made threats such as marine litter and dis-guarded fishing nets. ORCA created a fun introductory video to inspire students about whales and dolphins, and then the students had an amazing time creating code to take part in the ‘Whale Escape’ game.
Kev Garner, Head of Code Playground says “When the opportunity to work with ORCA came up, I was really excited to get involved. It’s a passion of mine to showcase how versatile the world of coding is, especially as a tool for helping us better understand important topics outside of traditional tech, such as conservation.
It’s been a real pleasure working the ORCA Education team, my colleagues and I have learned so much about sea mammals, the dangers they face, and how we can all help.
The sessions we held for World Oceans Day were our most attended sessions of the year and will now form part of our regular curriculum. This is a testament to the success of our partnership, and how interested teachers and children are in learning more about whale, dolphin and porpoise conservation efforts.
To make sure this great partnership continues to help children understand conservation and enjoy coding in the future, we’ve made our Code Playground ‘Whale Escape’ workbook. This can be found on our website as a resource for teachers, parents and children to carry on using this project as part of their curriculum.”
An incredible 1400 attendees from 40 different schools took part in the project and the resources are now on the website for all to use!