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Meet the teachers...


We know that sometimes the best person to explain a scientific concept or method isn't a scientist!! To help show you the science we did at sea on the CD157 cruise, we recruited two teachers from Hampshire - Ian Lewis and Elena Fernandez-Lee (pictured left). We chose them specially for their enthusiasm, motivation and ability to communicate the science in a way that is exciting and stimulating. Most importantly, they knew how to make it all relevant to your studies at school.


The teachers...

Ian Lewis is the Head of Science at Wyvern Technology College in Eastleigh, near Southampton. He teaches chemistry, biology and physics up to GCSE level and has been teaching for for over 20 years, so he knows exactly what appeals to kids of all age groups, and how to make it relevant to all stages of the curriculum. Ian has loads of ideas for the project, and is keen to expand it much wider than just the science we do on the cruise.

"Hello! What makes me tick? I like doing things - I'm not a great relaxer in the 'sit down' sense. If I have some leisure time I will probably be found in the garden building something like a pond, fence or shed. I'm currently doing up a 30-year old MG sports car. This summer's project is to install a new engine - I'll do this part, but I expect I'll need some help on tuning. I try to use my interest in science to do a better job of whatever I'm doing - like building an auromatic refilling system for my ponds. Sad, I know!

I love sports - my main sport when I was younger was rugby. Now I play squash at my local club in Fair Oak. I have recently started to play golf - a sign of ageing perhaps, but it is really good fun. I started this because of my son, Jack. I wanted to play with him, but he's so much better than I am that this doesn't happen very often. I also enjoy sailing and I used to have my own dinghy. I have now sold it to make space for the MG, but if I had enough time and money I'd have both! My wife, Helen, is very understanding.

My daughter Rachel is 13 and goes to the same school that I teach at. She keeps me in touch with all the really important issues - like the state of the girls' loos and who gives out too much homework! Through my son and daughter I have become a fan of the 'Chillis', but they have an appreciation of the music of my youth, like Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart. What do you mean you've never heard of them!!?

My job as Head of Science keeps me very busy. I'm lucky to have a really supportive team of teachers and technicians - the pupils aren't bad either. My most interesting activity is planning how to teach an importnant idea and seeing if it works when I teach it. The worst part is marking books and telling people off.

After so many years of teaching I'm just holding on to my sanity and I think that working on this project will be wonderful. For me, I'll have the chance to work with some of the top people who will make me think about scientific ideas at a new level. I am really excited about getting stuck into some real investigating and first-hand practical experiences. I hope that my perspectives of how students learn will be valuable to the project because the whole point of being there is to create interest in what is going on in our seas and oceans. Let me know if it does or doesn't and tell me why. "


Elena Fernandez Lee teaches science to Key Stage 4 and chemistry up to A-Level at The Arnewood School in New Milton in the New Forest. Elena is in her second year of teaching and has a background in environmental biology. She is very keen on bringing real science into the classroom, and demonstrating how real data can be used to illustrate concepts and ideas.

"Ever since I can remember I’ve been fascinated by the sea. Whenever I have the chance I go to the beach for a swim, I also love scuba diving and surfing. When I found out about the Classroom @ Sea project it was an opportunity I couldn’t miss.

I am really looking forward to the adventure, especially as it’s going to be a great opportunity to explore in depth some of the mysteries of the sea and to enlighten students about the real life science that takes place on the research cruise. I am confident the project will provide students with a worthwhile learning experience, and generate a greater appreciation of the marine environment and the need to protect it."


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February 2007