Curious about sharks? Keen to delve into their world but won’t be diving with the real deal any time soon? No problem – there will soon be an app for that. Technology is shaping new learning paths and the Sharks4Kids programme has been quick to harness their value for its target audience: the next generation of shark advocates. Jillian Morris and her colleagues want to create a generation of shark-savvy young people who are fascinated by these creatures rather than fearful of them.
The app is the latest tool in the team’s arsenal of education, outreach and adventure programmes. Gates the Robo Shark leads children into his world to explore shark anatomy and biology. The app will enable kids to choose their own adventure and delve deeper into educational videos, but the content is usable in a stand-alone format for classrooms too. This looks like an exciting tool for teachers – and to lead kids into discovering the captivating world of sharks.