The Ocean is changing. The climate is changing. Scientists all over the world are tracking those changes to help shape our global understanding of ‘The Ocean-Climate Nexus’.

As part of this international effort, the OCT and Educational Passages are proud to launch Project O.C.N – an international, multi-stage programme of events and activity designed to support student and teacher engagement with the topic of climate change through the lens of Ocean Literacy.


Key Information

Project O.C.N. is open to students from across the World. Enrolling your students on Project O.C.N. includes access to:

  • One STEMFest OCN activity day (virtual or physical)
  • ALL virtual events & school partnership meetings
  • Free ‘exhibitor entry’ to the Ocean-Climate Nexus Conference (subject to event capacity)


Our award-winning event returns in October 2022 for 10 days STEM fun for Key Stage 2 and 3 students.

  • Key Stage 2 STEMFest: 10th – 14th October
  • Key Stage 3 STEMFest: 17th – 21st October
  • Virtual STEMFest: 11th, 13th, 18th & 20th October

Participants will enjoy a day of STEM activities at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, UK. Over the course of the day students will uncover the history of our climate through the ages, explore the climate monitoring technologies in use today and get a glimpse of what the future holds for sustainable energy production. Also included in the booking; a half day workshop with the Barbican Theatre empowering and developing student voice on climate, and an introduction to ‘Lancer’ – an uncrewed, 5ft boat set to sail the Atlantic submitting sea-surface temperature readings to the Project O.C.N. website as it goes. (Find out more about Lancer, through the Educational Passages website, here).

More information about the STEMFest Programme is available here:

STAGE TWO: Virtual Seminars & School Partnerships

Our mini boat, Lancer, is launching in November – live online! Watch the launch, then partner with a school overseas to follow its journey across the Atlantic and develop a science fair project or digital presentation.

  • October: CPD 1 – School partnerships launch
  • November: Seminar 1 – Live boat Launch
  • December: Seminar 2 – Climate Scientist Q&A panel
  • January: CPD 2 – Climate Conference project planning

STAGE THREE: Ocean-Climate Nexus Conference

Join us online or in person at the National Marine Aquarium for our first ever student-led Ocean-Climate Nexus conference in March 2023. Share your project work with over 2,500 other Project O.C.N. students from around the world and contribute to our public exhibit of Student Voice on Climate.

  • Over 400 student attendees
  • 3,000 + digital participants
  • Guest speakers and key-note speakers from industry
  • 30+ live presentations from students across the globe
  • Ocean-Climate student science fair

More information about the O.C.N Conference is available here:

Booking & Funding

Project O.C.N. is the first event of its kind in the UK, spaces are expected to sell out fast. Book your place on this fully supported, 3 stage STEAM project now to secure your participation.

UK Schools: £8* per student
* Bursaries are available for Plymouth Schools – contact us for more information.

Overseas Schools: Free!



Teachers, download the resources below and complete it before you come to STEMFest to get the most out of your experience!

Lancer Timeline

Top Trump Energy

Climate Change Infographic