The Philippine High School for the Arts, in line with its goal of providing the students with meaningful learning experiences, has included Marine Biology Outdoor Learning Activity for Grade 8 students as part of the basic education Science curriculum. The program aims to provide the students first-hand information on the different marine biological processes; expose them to marine environment; present to the learners the scientific information regarding the biological diversity; perform activities on marine forms; and foster camaraderie among the students.
The Marine Biology Outdoor Learning Activity is a three-day out-of-the-classroom activity. It is a combination of lectures and activities in marine biology and the conservation of marine ecosystems. The participants explore the concepts of ecosystem, intertidal ecological interactions and communities and ecological problems. They will also experience snorkeling, collecting planktons, transect sampling, and cleaning up the coastal area as support to the sustainable development goal 14 “life under water”. Group dynamics are also given to the students to boost collaboration and teamwork during the conduct of the program. These include yell making, flag making, and poster presentation, all related to marine biology. The activity ends with an awarding ceremony for the groups who show outstanding performances in the group dynamics. The participants are required to document their entire experience during the program by taking videos of themselves and putting them altogether in a Vlog.