ARCTIC SENSE: VIRTUAL REALITY FOR OCEAN EDUCATION

We are pleased to announce some very exciting news.  

The Arctic Sense expedition has been selected as a partner to supply immersive 360 content and linear footage to create a virtual reality educational program for schools and museums across the Nordics. Our target audience will be children aged 11 – 14 years. This was made possible by a Nordplus Horizontal grant, and coordinated by the University of Iceland. 

Whilst Barba collects the content, Whale Wise with the University of Iceland will develop the story – 

To advance marine conservation, we want to immerse the public in the Arctic Sense expedition – to involve them in the science, share our experiences and ignite a passion for our ocean. These next few months the Barba crew will continue to collect footage of scientific fieldwork and wildlife encounters to be used for the program, while Whale Wise will work towards creating the educational program with the University of Iceland. 

As the UN Decade of Ocean Science begins, we have a duty to share the wonder of marine life with the public and inspire the next generation of ocean advocates.

“On behalf of the team, I am honored that we have been chosen as a partner for a program that underlines our ambition to provide adventures with purpose. With spectacular whale and nature interactions we make education exciting, whilst infusing it all with a nature conservation message.” – Andreas B. Heide, Barba.no Mission Director

“We are thrilled that students and individuals across Norway, Iceland and Denmark will have the opportunity to be immersed in Arctic Sense – the research and the wildlife. This is a rare chance for many to glimpse a rapidly changing environment and see for themselves what is there so they can want to protect it.” – Alyssa Stoller, Whale Wise Co-founder

Meeting these aims will involve a diverse team of educators, explorers, scientists and interns.

Coordinating institution: University of Iceland 

Partner institutions: 

Atlanten lower secondary school 

Húsavík Whale Museum 

The North Sea Oceanarium 

Gedsted School

Borgarhólsskóli 

Whalesafari Andenes

 

Featured image: Tord Karlsen

Photo description: Andreas capturing 360 footage of white-beaked dolphins on route to Svalbard.

Latest news

The Arctic Sense expedition has been selected as a partner to supply immersive 360 content and linear footage to create a virtual reality educational program for schools and museums across the Nordics
Today marks the beginning of Arctic Sense – Chapter 2. Barba will depart from Tromsø this afternoon to start their transit to Svalbard.
Arctic Sense Chapter 1: Norwegian Coast is now complete, having sailed from Stavanger to Tromsø.

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