On August 11, 2006 the inspection ship "Vædderen" set sail from Copenhagen to begin the "Galathea 3" expedition. The expedition is named "Galathea 3", because there were two previous expeditions Galathea 1 in 1845-1847 and "Galathea 2" in 1950-1952.
The voyage is going to take 9 months during which period the ship will sail around the world visiting places in Greenland, Africa, Australia, Antarctica and South and North America.
35 researchers on board
In addition to a crew of 60 there are approximately 35 researchers on board the ship. These include biologists, geologists, ethnographers, zoologists, historians and many other scientists who are going to study water, vegetation, soil and animals – as well as human ways of life and culture history.
The aim of the expedition is to study the world but also to share and to distribute the experiences and the knowledge gathered during the expedition. Therefore, also a number of educators and media are on board the ship. The Danish Ministry of Education has also sent out four "educational representatives", who take turns to disseminate information to the schools in Denmark. They are to involve the schools in the expedition giving pupils and teachers alike an opportunity to partake in the voyage and use it for educational purposes. The four "educational representatives" pass on their experiences, their findings and their adventures on the website galathea3.emu.dk.
Content and activities for English-speaking pupils on this website
Om Content and activities for English-speaking pupils on this website
galathea3.emu.dk is working together with the satellite project "Satellite Eye for Galathea 3" which combines observations from the Galathea 3 expedition to satellite image information for use in education. The satellite images will form basis for a series of educational cases that all are being prepared jointly by one scientist and a team of teachers. There will be running projects that offer activity all along the expedition route, and case studies that focus on specific particularly interesting themes at distinct places en route.
GalatheaQuest – web competition
GalatheaQuest is the name of a web competition where you construct web pages mediating a ”Galathea theme” to a specific target group (other pupils, young ones and older ones). There are different categories of pupils and a category where teachers develop education sequences.
Make the monthly web newsletter – Galathea News
Galathea News is an activity where classes act as editors of a newspaper and prepare a web newsletter containing issues relevant to the expedition. It is also possible to act as editors of Galathea News for a month. The task here is to prepare, edit and set up the web newsletter of the month about the expedition.
Who is behind the website galathea3.emu.dk?
The website is part of the Danish official portal for education, which is called the EMU. The responsibility for the EMU rests with the Danish Ministry of Education and the organization UNIoC. The pages are developed by the UNIoC's EMU editors plus a number of external editors with professional and pedagogical knowledge of the respective subject/theme. In addition there is close cooperation with the Danish Expedition Foundation, which is responsible for the implementation of the expedition.
Questions, comments, requests or ideas are welcome. Write to the EMU editors (form) or to email@example.com.