Larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef of Australia certainly commanded the attention of some 200 primary school students right here in Trinidad, when they recently embarked on the Atlantic Ultimate Field Trip at the Digicel IMAX© Cinema.
The students from Maria Regina Grade School, St. Barbs Government Primary School and Glosterlodge Moravian Primary School were attending the recent (January 30) debut screening of “Great Barrier Reef”, the newest edutainment film in the Atlantic-sponsored education initiative. Australian Deputy High Commissioner Casey Beath was also in attendance. The event featured an interactive display by the El Socorro Centre for Wildlife Conservation that included species of turtles and fishes that are said to migrate between the Mangroves and the Coral Reefs.
Every academic term, a new educational film is added to the line-up in the Atlantic initiative. “Great Barrier Reef” was produced in 2018 and uses immersive IMAX© 3D technology to capture the natural beauty of the world’s largest coral reef and its vibrant marine ecosystem. The documentary follows scientists and visionaries who are learning to understand and protect the reef on their adventures.
Leah Fouchong of Coexistence Expeditions, discussed with the students the dangers that plastic bottle pollution poses to coral reefs. She encouraged the children to join in the global effort to reduce the use of plastic bottles and reminded them that “small actions by lots of people equal a big change.”
The Atlantic Ultimate Field Trip is an educational initiative at the Digicel IMAX© Cinema sponsored by LNG producer, Atlantic. Since the programme began in 2011, over 110,000 students have viewed over 100,000 hours of content designed to educate and enlighten as much as they are to entertain. This unique learning experience is accessible to all students and offers educators a teaching tool easily integrated into existing curriculum. The programme targets students through visually captivating films that use IMAX 3D technology to focus on a variety of topics including dinosaurs, orphan animal rehabilitation, deep sea marine life and the wonders of outer space.