PIMS provided an overview of introductory marine topics and the means by which they can be applied to teaching programs in the primary schools. Dr. Hector Cruz-Lopez from the Florida Wildlife Commission gave lectures on marine resources and concerns in the Bahamas. Guest lecturers touched on coral reef ecosystems, marine forensics, shipwreck archaeology, and the research conducted at the PIMS research center.
The teachers then had some hands-on time where they were able to explore labs and equipment, a freshwater cave, mangroves, seagrass beds, coral reefs and the native iguanas. Every participant was engaged, asking many questions that led to prosperous discussions and discovery in the field. Overall, the teachers learned valuable information that can be taken back to their classrooms and communities.