The BOW Platform
The operational activity and the material it generates will be produced continuously (both on board and on shore) and distributed via the BOW interactive online platform free of charge. As well as producing material to engage with the general public, Blue Ocean Watch will focus attention on creating appropriate, useful and relevant material for specific educational audiences:
Universities & High-Schools
As part of their core curriculum and to raise awareness and present career opportunities in oceanography and marine biology.
Primary Schools & Pre-Schools
To sow the seeds of awareness and personal responsibility and sensitise the very young in how to respect our environment.
Blue Ocean Watch is the only organisation in the world with the objective to gather oceanic research information on a global scale, assimilate and translate it into potential solutions and create educational material for every age. To this end we are engaging with the marine research academic community and are gathering terrific support for the endeavour from all corners of the globe and it’s clear there’s a real hunger for these activities both within the scientific and education communities as well as the wider general public. We believe this is the best way to enable real change.
Not simply a repository of videos, the BOW Platform is Blue Ocean Watch’s public facing edge and acts as the portal connecting our content and activities with researchers, teachers, students and the wider general public. The focus will be on providing an accessible, audience appropriate and above all engaging user experience initially through the BOW website and subsequently expanding to native mobile apps with enhanced functionality as well as emerging experiential opportunities such as Virtual and Augmented Reality.
BOW content will be browsable, searchable and for educators who sign up for a BOW account curate-able. We want to do everything we can to support access to meaningful, actionable and curriculum relevant data and media. This does not stop at only material generated by Blue Ocean and we intend to work with other projects and organisations generating similar themed content and act as one of their distribution platforms making their content available via BOW.
With an end goal of finding solutions, promoting innovation, delivering educational material and videos for social media to all age groups, Blue Ocean Watch incorporates three key operational components:
1. The Blue Ocean Watch fleet
Several research boats of between 16m – 20m operating around the world each one with scientist and students, all necessary scientific equipment, wet and dry labs, video production facilities , underwater filming equipment and personnel. Their travels and work will be documented and filmed.
2. The Blue Ocean Watch Roaming Teams
Roaming Blue Ocean production units that will continually engage with, travel to and film marine projects around the world sending back material and data to the on shore hub.
3. The Blue Watch Ocean Hub
The on shore based operations hub serving as a ‘Think Tank’ and production house that will work with, coordinate and refine all the information and material gathered to highlight challenges facing researchers, provide dissemination material for their findings and investigate potential solutions to the many problems facing the ocean. All of which will be packaged into an ever growing suite of curriculum appropriate educational material for four age groups – pre-school, primary, high school and university.