Outreach, diversity, and education are three integral components to a successful scientific conference. What better way to incorporate all three at #IMCC5 than to include local and delegate children?
IMCC5 organizers are happy to officially introduce the 1st International Marine Kids Congress (IMKC)!
Organized and led by qualified science instructors, IMKC will run along IMCC5 and engage 30 school-aged children (ages 7 through 14) in science education, marine biology, environmental conservation, and experiential learning. Participants will visit at least one local ecosystem to directly observe its wildlife, engage in a shoreline clean-up project, and carry out a small-scale research project focused on the marine or coastal environment.
Participants will include local youth from Sarawak and children of delegates. By interacting with science instructors and marine science professionals in a coastal city like Kuching, these children will experience a connection to the ocean that they may have never truly appreciated while also gaining a sense of empowerment to protect this fragile ecosystem.
The International Marine Kids Congress will bring together expert marine conservation scientists & youths for a unique learning experience! (© Ashley Rowell)
The inaugural and one-of-a kind event will incorporate science, education, outreach, communication, and adventures! Some of the highlights include:
- Lessons on the scientific method, student-led projects, and an IMKC poster session
- Melissa Marquez from The Fins United Initiative as Plenary Speaker
- Hand-on, STEM-based laboratory activities on estuaries, marine debris/plastics, and salinity
- Activities with a local artist centered around environmental awareness
- Excursions that may include mangrove and dolphin-watching, Semenggoh Wildlife Center, and local-led city tour of Kuching
- Beach/estuary clean up and trash inventory
- Movie screening and discussion
This project represents the first of anticipated subsequent Kids Congresses focused on engaging tomorrow’s ocean leaders in marine science education and inspiring within them a lifelong appreciation for our oceans.
For more information email Patrick Goff or Keni Rienks.