Treasure hunting is back in style, with the launch of a family-friendly, marine-based web app, The Deep Blue Treasure Hunt on 8 August 2020.
The interactive app is an initiative of Marine Discovery Centre and The Science Collective, and part of this year’s National Science Week theme ‘Deep Blue Innovations for the future of our Oceans’.
It uses mobile technology and hands-on activities to help families learn about their local coastlines and teaches them how to look after and protect marine environments. It is a fun and interactive way for children to learn about their marine environment and contribute positively to its future health.
South Australian based families who complete all of the activities within a month will go into a draw to win some fantastic prizes including a short stay at Big 4 West Beach Parks.
Developed to replace a planned marine festival at Henley Beach - cancelled due to Covid-19 - the app is full of free activities that encourage families to come together and really discover their own backyards.
The Marine Discovery Centre’'s, Partnerships and Marketing Manager, Carmen Bishop says “The development of this app is consistent with the Marine Discovery Centre's vision to provide the most inspirational learning experiences whilst empowering people to actively protect South Australia's iconic and coastal marine environments.”
In addition to encouraging users to be proactive in improving marine health, the project also teaches children about local Aboriginal culture and promotes the work that environmental groups are currently undertaking, identifying how families can get involved.
“Families will love working on the activities together. There's beachcombing, recycled art, kite making and coastal walks, just to name a few,” said The Science Collective director, Alison Fenton.
“The advice we hear from marine and coastal experts is that people need to really learn about their local coastlines. The more families who download the Deep Blue Treasure Hunt, the more people will be understand the risks to marine environments,” Ms Fenton said.
“While the app has enough activities to keep the kids occupied for hours, we hope that it will really get young people thinking about what day to day things need to be done to protect coastal areas.”
For example, the app helps identify which types of sunblock ingredients are damaging to our precious reefs.
“We hope that it will teach kids to really love their oceans,” Ms Fenton said.
The app has received strong support from local Henley Beach traders and marine-based businesses, who recognise that it is a valuable tool to help people not only protect their environments, but also to support local businesses.