The ARC Visit, what happens on the day?


The ARC content has been divided up into four modules. The content and activities have been developed to reinforce learning through memory, solving problems, group work and active learning. The ARC experience addresses strands of the of SESE Science, SESE Geography and SPHE Education curriculum. Approximate timings are shown.

Schedule Schedule


Part 1: What is Aquaculture. (45 minutes)

Its definition and comparison with traditional agriculture. 

Overview of the main types of aquaculture in Ireland.

Virtual Reality Farm Visit – Professor O’ Mara takes you on a virtual tour of the Irish coast to see Aquaculture as it’s done on many Irish fish farms. This includes a description of current farming practices in each sector with a detailed account of biology, ecology and environmental factors.

-Morning Break- 


Part 2: Geographic and Environmental Influences. (45 minutes)

Geographic and climatic suitability of Ireland.

The requirements for each of the three main types of aquaculture.

Water quality, tides, tourism, and environmental impact.

Geography Exercise. Map reading, deduction, analysis and decision making. Pupils will learn how geography influences aquaculture and why farms emerge in specific bays and locations.


Part 3: Socio Economic Impact (45 minutes)

Historical analysis of population distribution in Ireland and its impact.

Economic impact and employment opportunities.

Significance of primary industries in a community’s development.

Socio Economic exercise. Pupils will use building blocks to demonstrate how aquaculture can support other activities, businesses and jobs in the community.   

-Lunch Break-


Part 4: Nutrition and Health (30 minutes)

Overview of the food pyramid and importance of seafood in fulfilling a balanced diet.

Global food resources and population growth.


Part 5: The Big ARC Quiz (10 minutes)

A team event where the day’s learnings come to life and knowledge is tested in a fun quiz show format.