Author Nikki Hills
Life size cut out of a seal. Check. Oversized cut out of a seahorse. Check. Scuba mask. Check. Underwater video footage. Check.
These are just a few of the things I had on my kit list when visiting a school this week to deliver a Making Waves assembly, which takes pupils on a virtual dive beneath the waves to discover their local marine life.
The Sussex Wildlife Trustís Making Waves Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is all about bringing the marine world to the people. Marine themed assemblies are just one way we are bringing this underwater environment to life in schools across Sussex. We are also offering outreach workshops, teacher training and loans boxes filled with handling collections, books, images, factsheets and activity ideas for teachers.
Through the project we hope children will discover some of the incredible marine life we have living all along our Sussex coast and inspire them to protect this precious environment for the future.
So far we have piloted the Making Waves outreach programme in schools in Brighton and Hastings and we now hope to sign up many more schools in areas right across Sussex. You donít need be near a beach to discover the amazing wildlife that lives off our coast.
If you would like to find out more about the Making Waves Project please visit www.makingwavesproject.org.uk