The IDEAS Hub at UWCSEA Dover recently organised a three-day  ‘Eco-design & Technology for Marine Conservation’ course as part of its Masterclass Series. The programme was made possible by the kind support of Van Oord and the UWCSEA Foundation.
 
Students spent three days exploring how technology and the use of eco-design in marine engineering can contribute to conservation efforts. They spent much of the first day building their own ‘Water Monitoring Kits’ - Arduino-based Water Quality sensor, to track acidity, turbidity and temperature levels for both marine and inland bodies of water.
 
On the second day, the students took a trip out to St John’s Island and had a chance to visit the St John’s Island National Marine Laboratory and test their Water Monitoring Kits around different parts of the island.
 
On the last day, students were lucky enough to have two marine engineers from Van Oord lead an all-day session on sustainability and the the use of eco-design in marine engineering projects. Students had opportunities to engage with real-life case studies, role-play different stakeholders in marine engineering projects, and model their own engineering designs on our new Emriver stream table.
 
It is our hope that the Marine Conservancy course remains a part of the IDEAS Hub programmes in subsequent years and continues to attract students interested in marine conservation, technology and ecology.