Each year we welcome over 2,500 students and staff from schools worldwide.
2-4 December 2019
Transect surveys in heavy rain and muddy walks through the mangroves – the grade 11 students from United World College Phuket enjoyed exploring a range of coastal marine ecosystems in Ranong with the Barge Team.
The students gained knowledge on rocky shores, seagrass beds, mangroves and grasslands. They learnt how to form scientific investigations and were able to practice different data collection fieldwork techniques. Back in the classroom students were introduced to the statistical analyses used to draw final conclusions and were keen to discover if their original hypotheses were correct or not.
Highlights from the trip included a snorkel bioblitz on the seagrass bed where we spotted sea fans, sea pens, crabs, sand dollars and much more; the reward of a beautiful rainbow after surveying in the rain; and wading knee-deep in mud through the mangroves.
Whilst visiting the different sites it was encouraging to see the students concern over the impact we have as humans on the environment. This aided many discussions on behavioural changes we can make for a better future.