KAUST university academics and scientists regularly partner with TKS educators to co-develop curriculum content, which enables the school students to be immersed in the exciting research and scientific breakthroughs that KAUST is undertaking, as part of their school curriculum.
Professors and researchers from the Red Sea Research Center have been working with a team from the Elementary school, to develop a range of learning activities and opportunities about life under the water (including coral restoration research that is currently being undertaken at KAUST). The team kicked off the project by taking a boat trip to the Coral Probiotic Village, which has been developed by Professor Raquel Peixoto and the team at the RSRC, to better understand the Red Sea ecosystem and how this impacts the wellbeing of coral. You can see how their trip went here.
Following on from the initial trip, the group then met to start sketching out how the Grade 1-5s could be a part of the important research that is currently taking place in this space. The plan is to install a large tank in the Elementary school, which simulates the environment of the Coral Probiotic Village, so the young students can undertake their own experiments. Not only will they be able to apply learning in data gathering and analysis, research methods, and documentation, but they will also be contributing to the wide body of knowledge about the Red Sea ecosystem!