See latest school roadshow info and pictures in the 2020 School and College Roadshow Photoalbum, which will be updated regularly.
We still get lots of enquiries for our school roadshow, even though we havent offered it as a Roadshow aspect since 2014. It always was difficult to make it financially viable, due to high logistics costs, so we always offered it as a regional tour, and if it was coming to your region, we could offer an individual school one day in a certain week when it came to that region. We have now responded to this continual interest with an updated School Roadshow, using the same life-sized marine wildlife models, and lots more props, to incorporate current interest in all the issues affecting the marine environment, and to focus on the urgent need to tackle the Climate Emergency on Planet Earth.
During 2019, we introduced a new Roadshow feature, called "Pop-up Dolphins", focusing on the huge issue of plastic marine litter, and its impact on Marine Wildlife. This focus always was a part of the school roadshow from when we started it in 1994, with our famous "found on a beach near you" beach rubbish bucket, seen at many hundreds of schools and events around UK. We still have the bucket, we still use it with some of the original beach rubbish collected over 20 years ago...its a well travelled vintage collection of beach rubbish.
See previous 2018 photoalbum on "Pop-up Dolphins". It is uniquely different, with life-sized Dolphins and other marine wildlife, and illustrates perfectly how marine plastic pollution is impacting on our marine wildlife friends.
From 2020 onwards we are offering schools some choices: The Pop-up Dolphins School Roadshow, as part of regional tours in UK and elsewhere, focusing on the local marine wildlife and the huge issue of plastic pollution in the sea. See the 2020 School and College Roadshow photoalbum for examples
In addition, from 2020 onwards, we are also offering a Climate Action School Roadshow, incorporating lots of new thinking on Climate Action, to enable schools and colleges to lead the way on raising awareness of the lifestyle changes needed to restore our beautiful Planet Earth. This will feature the same life-sized marine wildlife models, and new props and engaging activities to highlight how we can change our daily routines in small ways, so we can live more sustainably, have less impact on our planet, and become part of the solution to the Climate Emergency. See the 2020 School and College Roadshow photoalbum
There needs to be at least a week of school visits within a region to make it financially viable, as logistics costs are rising continually, and the Roadshow needs to be done as sustainably as possible, so we "practice what we preach" . We cannot do a single school in a far away place, it is not sustainable unless the school is local to our base in Devon. At least a week of schools and it becomes sustainable as part of a managed UK tour.
If you can arrange a week of schools in your area, contact us to find out when we might be in your part of UK. A week of school visits might be joined onto a weekend public event, and we could focus on specific local issues. It might be especially relevant associated with a local campaign, or some climate action awareness raising....its fun learning, and every presentation is fast moving , enjoyable, and very engaging, no chance to fall asleep in the back row!
We can also offer these roadshows as an engaging feature for Schools Days, Science and Arts Festivals, Marine and Maritime Festivals, and other focus events. Contact us with your ideas and see the photoalbums to keep up to date with latest events we are booked at.
Previous School Roadshow projects .......Mum and pup Seal pairs we have made for others in UK and elsewhere have been inspiring school children to produce great classwork to highlight the conservation needs of these marine mammals ( see 2015 Seal pairs photo album ) These seal pairs are busy in Northern Ireland with The Loughs Agency and also with Ulster Wildlife, in Ireland with National Aquarium in Galway, in Hawaii with Paulette Smith and her school project, in Cape Cod in USA with IFAW, in Alaska with a University in Juneau, and in Turkey with TUDAV, in all cases inspiring the next generation to take care of our wildlife heritage. Currently making more seals for UK and overseas projects
In 2014 we undertook the last of the previous school roadshows, after 20 years and over 1000 schools across Europe and worldwide. We are now offering Pop-up Dolphins as a new school roadshow, as detailed above, and we have also shifted our school focus to making marine wildlife models for others to provide school roadshows. Since 2014 we have supplied marine wildlife models to ngos in UK, Turkey, Alaska , Hawaii, and more in the pipeline. We also use the Whale Workshop Roadshow models for public events, festivals, and other occasions. We can provide advice to others wishing to provide educational outreach projects, based on past experience and expertise as outlined below, during 20 years of operation, visiting over 1000 schools worldwide, seen by hundreds of thousands of pupils
- ...with fantastic lifesize and lifelike marine wildlife models and interactive audience participation
- ...working with many different project partners under different roadshow titles
- ...New Projects undertaken worldwide with government and ngo partners
- ...including many Environmental Education initiatives such as recycling, marine awareness, species conservation, etc
- ...developing packages to highlight key issues in a simple and effective roadshow format
- ...providing training to local project officers to enable their own roadshow output to be enhanced
- ...making key wildlife species models and props for such projects, and developing their use
- ...raising awareness amongst project partners of the importance of Schools as a fundamental starting point in Environmental Education, especially to stimulate climate action!
- ...and passing on all that has been learned in 25 years to enable others to build on this in the future.
Details of past roadshows ( hundreds of references and reports ) can be found online by using search for
- Marine Wildlife Roadshow
- Cool Seas Roadshow
- Coral Seas Roadshow
- The Whale Workshop