Welcome aboard the Volvo Ocean Race Sustainability Education Programme. The world's most extreme race is putting sustainability at its heart and is focusing on taking action to ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ – the rapidly growing and critical problem of plastic pollution in the ocean, highlighted by the United Nations Clean Seas campaign. The Volvo Ocean Race supports this much-needed campaign and the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Life below water), through our sustainability team, education programme and positive actions.
The programme will help you and your students (aged 6-12 years) discover the excitement of sailing through the Volvo Ocean Race, the importance of the ocean and how ocean plastic pollution is damaging our blue planet. It will also show you ways to combat ocean plastic pollution and how YOU and your students can make a difference by becoming Volvo Ocean Race Champions for the Sea!
Enjoy some fun videos with Robert and Wisdom: Robert tries to keep Wisdom out of trouble by teaching her to keep plastic out of the ocean! They learn that turning the tide on plastic can start in the park or on a shopping trip. And they see how Volvo Ocean Race sailors are helping scientists to better understand the problem of ocean plastic pollution.
There are four topics:
- What is the Volvo Ocean Race?
- What is Ocean Plastic Pollution?
- How to reduce plastic pollution
- My Positive Plastic Footprint
We have developed resources for each topic to help inspire positive action for the ocean:
- Worksheets (for age groups: 6-8yrs, 8-10yrs & 10-12yrs)
- Student booklet 6-8 years
- Student booklet 8-12 years
- Suggested cross-curricular activities
- Evaluation quiz
- Champion for the Sea certificate
- Certificate badge for each topic
Resources are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch and Chinese.
Curricula for geography, history, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), language, global citizenship and art are all catered for in the lesson plans and worksheets. Different cross-curricular class activities are also optional and listed in the teacher’s booklet of each topic.
All education materials are available for free download from this website.
Although the booklets are age specific the 8-12 year olds booklets are a good introductory fact booklet for anyone older who also wants to be better informed on the Volvo Ocean Race, our ocean connection, ocean health and how we can reduce ocean plastic pollution.
Worksheets are colour-coded for each age group
- Blue: 6 - 8 yr old
- Red: 8 - 10 yr old
- Green: 10 - 12 yr old
Wisdom is the race mascot! She is based on a real life Laysan albatross from Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean and is featured throughout the education resources. Wisdom's worksheets will enable your students to reflect on their lessons and learn about each topic in a fun way.
As the Volvo Ocean Race sailors race around the world you and your students can join in the race for Clean Seas with our new printable board game! Download the Volvo Ocean Race for Clean Seas to help your students better understand problems associated with and solutions to ocean plastic pollution whilst enjoying the excitement of a race to the finish line!