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Welcome to the "Bring The Ocean into Your School MOOC," a transformative course designed to empower educators with the knowledge and tools needed to inspire the next generation of ocean stewards. In today's world, the importance of teaching students about our oceans and the environment cannot be overstated, and this MOOC is your gateway to making a real impact in your school.

Central to this MOOC is the goal to inspire and guide participants in crafting their unique “Find the Blue” project. Participants will learn how to identify ocean topics, develop school projects in collaboration with local partners, and work towards achieving a European Blue School certification. This achievement is the doorway to the Network of European Blue Schools, a dedicated movement focused on shaping informed students who are passionate about protecting and preserving our oceans.

In this course, you will also learn about innovative teaching methodologies, such as project-based learning and open-schooling, which will support you in nurturing your students’ connection to the oceans through engaging, innovative lesson plans that are sure to leave a lasting impact.

You can follow the course at your own pace. We will open one module at the beginning of each week, but there is only a single deadline you need to pay attention to (the one the peer assessment activity).

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Are you ready to take the first step towards a more sustainable, ocean-literate future for your school? Scroll down to learn more about this course!

Learning objectives

  • Enhance your understanding of ocean literacy and its significance in STEAM education.
  • Gain the tools and knowledge to bring ocean-related topics into your classroom.
  • Create your unique “Find the Blue” project and work towards achieving a European Blue School certification.
  • Explore innovative teaching methodologies like project-based learning and open schooling.
  • Develop Learning Scenarios that can be converted into impactful blue school projects.


The course is open to all. It is especially valuable for primary and secondary school teachers with an interest in sustainability topics, project-based learning, and open schooling.


  • Module 1: Navigating Ocean Literacy opens on 15/01/2024
  • Module 2: Building Ocean Knowledge with European Blue Schools opens on 22/01/2024
  • Module 3: Becoming a European Blue School: The Find the Blue Challenge opens on 29/01/2024
  • Module 4: Ocean Literacy in Action opens on 05/02/2024


In order to earn a course certificate, course participants need to submit a Learning Scenario and review 3 of their peers' Learning Scenarios, which will count for 100%. The overall passing grade is 95%.

The final deadline to complete all activities is 21 February 2024, 23:59 CET.

If you have completed this MOOC and you want to become a Scientix Ambassador, please read more details about the Call and the application procedure here:

Note to teachers from Portugal: You can get your successful participation in a European Schoolnet Academy course formally recognised as a valid continuous professional development, and thereby acquire the relevant number of training hours, by sending your certificate to the Conselho Científico e Pedagógico de Formação Contínua (CCPFC) at Rua do Forno, nº 30, 1º andar - apartado 2168, 4700 - 429 Braga, Portugal. For more information, please contact the CCPFC.

Note to teachers from Emilia-Romagna: Per i docenti della regione Emilia-Romagna iscritti alla piattaforma regionale è possibile ottenere, oltre all’attestato rilasciato da European Schoolnet Academy, anche l’attestato rilasciato dall’Ufficio Scolastico Regionale per l'Emilia-Romagna (Servizio Marconi) che attua un'azione di facilitazione ed accompagnamento a questa attività. Maggiori informazioni al link:

Note to teachers from Ireland: It may be possible to count the completion of this course as part fulfilment of any discretionary CPD hours, subject to your school management's approval. Therefore, please enquire with your school management if your participation in this course can be formally recognised. 

Course Staff

Irene Pateraki - Course Coordinator

Irene Pateraki is working as Pedagogical and Monitoring Manager in European SchoolNet. She holds a Master Degree in Multicultural Education and she has worked several years as kindergarten teacher. For six years, she was seconded in the Greek Ministry of Education and worked as pedagogical expert in the National Support Organization of eTwinning. She has also organized and facilitated several online courses, webinars, conferences, and workshops for teachers from 44 countries.

Mia Covic - Course Moderator

Mia Covic is a dedicated professional with over two decades of experience in the field of education. She holds a degree in Sociology and Pedagogy, and a specialisation as University Expert in Leadership and Management of Educational Institutions. She is currently pursuing a postgraduate doctoral study in "Quality in Education" at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zadar. Mia has worked as pedagogue and director at two pre-K educational institutions for the last 20 years and is the founder of the association "Strengthen-Improve-Integrate for Development," dedicated to advancing scientific literacy and civic science. Outside of work, Mia is passionate about theatre and actively involved in environmental causes, supporting campaigns for water protection and composting

Evy Copejans - Course Contributor

Evy is the cofounder and managing director of EMSEA, also leading the EU project components on blue education such as Network of European Blue Schools (EU4Ocean), Bridge-BS, BlueLights, and the Next Blue Generation Project. She is an experienced education consultant, having created education projects and professional development workshops focused on bringing the ocean to the classroom. Previously she worked 13 years as a senior Science Communication Officer at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Ostend, Belgium. After graduating as a geography teacher, she was rewarded with the prize for best thesis The North Sea, Mare Incognitum, which highlighted that the ocean was hardly mentioned in the geography curriculum and advised policy makers how to revise it, a work that is still ongoing. She is co-author of several public outreach articles and education publications, including the first textbook in Dutch on marine science for teachers: 'The Science of the Sea - De Wetenschap van de Zee.'


Dominika Wojcieszek- Course Contributor

Dominika Wojcieszek is an oceanographer and a graduate of Gdansk University and San Francisco State University, specializing in marine geology and paleoclimatology. Her research has centered on reconstructing past climate changes through the analysis of microfossils to determine sea surface temperatures. Concurrently, Dominika actively engaged in voluntary work with students, hosting workshops and science festivals, and volunteering with SCUBAnauts International.Her passion for education led Dominika to become an educator at the Gdynia Aquarium, where she gained extensive experience in teaching and co-authored peer-reviewed publications on Ocean Literacy and Blue Schools. In 2019, she assumed the role of Head of Education, successfully securing the Aquarium's membership in the EU4Ocean Platform and developing a local EU Blue Schools program. From 2021 to 2023, Dominika coordinated WWF Poland's Blue Patrol, overseeing nearly 200 volunteers involved in marine mammal and bird rescue, protection, and education. Since April 2023, she has been managing the EU Blue Schools Secretariat for EMSEA, handling certification, communication, and program dissemination on a European scale.

Behind the course

The EU4Ocean coalition is a European Union initiative dedicated to advancing ocean literacy and fostering a deeper understanding of the vital role oceans play in our lives. It brings together diverse stakeholders, including policymakers, educators, scientists, and citizens, to promote ocean awareness and action. By organising various activities, such as educational programs and outreach efforts, the coalition strives to empower individuals and communities to make informed decisions and take proactive measures to safeguard our oceans and combat climate change, ultimately contributing to the sustainable management of marine ecosystems in the EU and beyond.

Scientix, the community for science education in Europe, promotes and supports a Europe-wide collaboration among STEM teachers, education researchers, policymakers and other STEM education professionals.



This MOOC has received funding from the EU4Ocean Coalition of the Directorate General of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission and is co-branded with Scientix, an initiative of European Schoolnet. The MOOC is the sole responsibility of the authors and it does not represent the opinion of the European Commission (EC), and the EC is not responsible for any use that might be made of information contained.

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