The parkâs âLive Diveâ season kicked off last week with over 120 sixth grade students from Blackstock Junior High School in Oxnard interacting with divers underwater 14 miles offshore at Anacapa Island.
The Live Dive interactive program was broadcast in real time from the remote island to the eager students at Blackstock, allowing them to experience a rare glimpse into a seldom-seen marine ecosystem without getting wet. The students âaccompaniedâ trained park divers on an underwater journey into the kelp forest.
Live Dive programs are broadcast in real time every Tuesday through Thursday at 2:00 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day via microwave wireless technology to Channel Islands National Parkâs mainland visitor center in Ventura Harbor. This fall the programs will be available for the public to experience via the Internet.
This live program is sponsored by the park and the Ventura County Office of Education as part of Channel Islands Live. This distance learning project connects students and the public to the remote resources of Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary through live, interdisciplinary, curriculum-based educational programs and webcam broadcasts.
Channel Islands Live is an innovative way to bring live science and research to students. The program has exceptional educational importance, as research shows that students better understand key science concepts through multimedia and interdisciplinary approaches.
This project is part of a larger effort on the part of Ventura County Office of Education to utilize 21st century technology to provide students from throughout the countyâs 21 school districts with authentic, place-based learning opportunities that enhance their educational development.