MOL2: Maritime on the Loop of Ocean Literacy


The main aim of this Pilot Experience is to engage educational/training centres with cross-curricular skills related to Shipbuilding and Marine Technologies by:

  • Introducing marine industries and the related employment opportunities to teenagers.
  • Providing short courses on maritime technologies to students, while fostering industry involvement in the training programmes.
  • Promoting careers for women in STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Maths).


This Pilot Experience will test two different approaches, both focused on promoting ocean literacy linked with the maritime sector in Europe and adapted to the involved regions as follows:

1) Building upon existing opportunities that foster learning in a competitive framework, training will be provided to support participants in a raft competition organised by a technological company whose main niche market is the maritime sector in Pontevedra, Galicia (Spain).

This Pilot Experience has been held in the framework of an already existing raft challenge (V Regata Solar) lead by the company Marine Instruments, which will be held on the 20th of June 2020 in Baiona, where students have to design and build a solar-powered radio control boat. CETMAR (the Technological Centre of the Sea and MATES coordinator) invited all registered teams to participate in technical workshops which focused on the skills needed to build a remote control solar powered boat/raft. The workshops were delivered between January and March 2020 and focused on the following subjects:

  • Project management
  • CAD design
  • 3D printing
  • Polyester modelling
  • Bamboo carving
  • Wood gluing
  • Electronics and propulsion
  • Radio control and telemetry

2) Carrying out knowledge transfer directly from shipyards to secondary schools, regarding the use of new technologies, and integrating that knowledge in the school curricula in Trieste (Italy).

In this Pilot Experience, MATES partner Cosnav Engineering is engaging students in their final year of high school (19 year olds) to make them aware of digital technologies used in the shipbuilding and maritime sectors. An introduction to 3-D scanning of objects and photogrammetry will be provided to students through an engaging and fun practical session. This will consist of students doing a 3-D scan of another classmate and/or object and then showing students how to obtain 3D models of marine organisms using open source software. Also, a presentation about ocean literacy and educational games related to this topic will be provided to the students, in order to promote interest in the maritime industry. The first session took place in a naval school in Trieste and the next session will be scheduled to take place in Slovenia.


Partners involved

Led by Centro Tecnológico del Mar – CETMAR (Spain) and supported by AquaTT (Ireland), Indigo Med (Greece) and COSNAV (Italy).