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Guided tour for school teachers at Ocean Space

The Education Department of Ocean Space offers targeted courses in citizenship and sustainability, along with introductions to topics relating to oceanographic issues, culture and contemporary art.

The educational program seeks to engage and involve both the teaching community and students of all levels on issues concerning the pressing challenges facing the environment and society around the world, with the aim of establishing a new “ocean generation”.

One of the main objectives is to help foster the growth of future citizens with an awareness of the ocean’s importance to humanity, a vital resource that needs to be protected to safeguard the existence of all forms of life on planet Earth.

The Education Department has launched a long-term educational experience to give everyone a chance to be actively involved, and to make a serious contribution towards safeguarding our planet.


In the school program 2021/2022, students will be taking part in training sessions and digital workshops in the classroom designed to encourage collective reflection, critical thinking, and inspire environmentally conscious actions. Using the “peer to peer” method (young people talking to other young people), the educational experience will be divided into three multidisciplinary paths, determined by school classification, that will guide students through the process of creating short animated videos and documentaries as forms of environmental activism from the classroom.


  1. Thursday October 7, 2021 at 3 pm, “Schools Open Day” for teachers of all levels in person at Ocean Space, and online via Zoom, and a guided tour of the exhibition.
  2. Thursday October 14, 2021 at 4 pm, “The Art of Science”, in collaboration with the Education Department of Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome). Online event via Zoom.
  3. Thursday November 11, 2021 at 4 pm, “The latest advances in the science of understanding the climate”, in collaboration with the Institute of Marine Sciences - ISMAR-CNR. In-person event at the headquarters of ISMAR-CNR at the Venice Arsenale (Tesa 104), and online via Zoom.
  4. Thursday December 2, 2021 at 4 pm, “Blue space: diving into cartography”, in collaboration with the Department of Earth System Sciences and Technologies for the Environment of the National Research Council, CNR-DSSTTA. In-person event at the headquarters of ISMAR-CNR on Riva dei Sette Martiri (Palazzina Canonica) in Venice and online via Zoom.


  • Path "Ocean Shapes: the shapes of the ocean", aimed at elementary school classes.

Ocean Shapes: the shapes of the ocean" is the title of the educational journey aimed at elementary school classes, leading children to discover, explore and learn about the elements that make up the ocean. Water, waves, seabed, fish, rocks, phytoplankton: what shapes do they take? How do they characterize the ocean landscape? What benefits do all these elements bring to the environment and to humans? What are the intrusive elements that disturb this wonderful environment?

After discovering the secrets and the variety of all the natural and artificial elements present underwater, accompanied by the guidance of Angela Pomaro from the Institute of Marine Science (CNR-ISMAR), the children will be led in the creation, storytelling and animation of the ocean using the ancient technique of Chinese Shadow Theater.

  • Path "Ocean Color: what color is the ocean?", aimed at middle school classes.

Ocean Color: the color of the ocean” is the title of the educational journey aimed at lower middle school classes, which seeks to reveal the different shades and properties that characterize the coloring of the oceans. What does the color of the ocean depend on? What are the properties of the sea’s surface? What about water itself? And the sea floor?

Thanks to the help of the researcher Gianluigi Liberti from the Institute of Marine Sciences (CNR-ISMAR), the environmental association Fridays For Future and videomaker Davide Maria Furlan, and the support of our education team, the students will be guided through experimentation with the stop-motion technique in order to create their own animated videos about the oceans.

  • Path "Ocean Sound: the submerged soundscape", aimed at high school classes.

Ocean Sound: the submerged soundscape” is the title of the educational journey aimed at upper middle school classes, which seeks to present the varied soundscapes of the oceans, deepening students’ understanding of sound pollution caused by human activities. What are the main causes of sound pollution? What are its effects on marine life and the ocean’s ecosystems?

Thanks to the help and collaboration of the researchers Francesco Falcieri and Michol Ghezzo from the Institute of Marine Sciences (CNR-ISMAR), Venice Calls and Fridays For Future associations, the students will be led by freelance documentary maker and motion graphics designer Matteo Stocco in creating short video documentaries as a form of social activism, with the aim of promoting change through storytelling.

  • Path “Ocean Diaries: exploratory memories”, aimed at elementary school classes.
  • Path "Ocean Maps: living maps”, aimed at middle school classes.
  • Path "Ocean Data: seeing numbers”, aimed at high school classes.

MATERIAL 2021/2022