NASA pioneered ‘Ecosphere’ is bringing secondary science and geography education to life – literally!
A NASA pioneered Ecosphere system now available to schools is revolutionising the way that Science and Geography is taught at secondary and A-Level (Key Stages 3 to 5), by engaging visual learners and giving them the opportunity to see how the world’s Ecosystem works right in front of their eyes.
With the education watchdog Ofsted warning that large numbers of schools are providing little more than mundane, note-taking exercises in their science lessons, Ecosystem education will provide much needed visual stimuli for students to get real-life, hands on experience.
Each Ecosphere is hand made and contains live shrimp, filtered seawater, algae, gorgonian, and gravel, all depending on each other to survive.
By purchasing an Ecosystem, teachers can demonstrate to their students in a most simplistic but awe-inspiring way the interdependence of animal and plant life and earth’s most precious element, water.
Ecospheres have an average life span (with shrimp) of two to three years, although living shrimps have been found in ecosystems over ten years old. And for schools, an Ecosphere requires no or very little maintenance – it is the world’s lowest maintenance ‘pet’ enclosed aquarium.
Ecosystem Science Sphere
Traditionally, schools would have to take their students out of the classroom on a school trip for them to experience live examples of the world around us, which of course is costly and often inconvenient. With the Ecosphere, a piece of the working closed Ecosystem is brought directly into the classroom, for the students to explore day in and day out.
An Ecosystem science sphere is a fresh, new and exciting idea for use in the classroom; especially for use in the ‘sometimes boring’ Environment topic.
Many students are visual learners, and an Ecosystem science sphere is visually stimulating. Students don’t sometimes understand certain things that they can’t see, but by having a model like the Ecosphere to represent the Ecosystem, they are able to now visualise and understand this topic a lot better. Having live shrimp in there is another aspect that would catch a student’s curiosity; it’s this curiosity that a teacher can then use to make this often stale and monotonous topic, relevant, different and interesting!
Shrimp World is our Ecosystem for kids, find out more on our Kids Corner page.