Students explored conservation, green design at Learning Journey @ S.E.A. Aquarium

On 2 June 2017, 52 students from 13 secondary schools were taken on a specially designed tour of the S.E.A. Aquarium to learn about green building design and understand more about conservation of marine animals. This was part of the Build it Green (BiG) Club Junior’s BiG Day Out 2017 Fringe Activity.

BiG is an initiative by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) who collaborated with Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) on this Learning Journey because RWS is a BCA Green Mark Champion. In 2016, RWS was awarded 3 Green Mark Platinum and 8 Green Mark Gold Plus – for environmental conservation efforts through technological investments, green designs, and promoting green programmes across the resort. An example is one of Singapore’s largest solar installations in Universal Studio Singapore which reduces carbon emissions by 342 tonnes a year.

The students got to see key sustainability features in the aquarium, energy and water-saving infrastructure and initiatives, as well as a guided tour of the aquarium and its marine animals.

Students listening to their guides at the newly refreshed Central and South American Habitat. Image credit: BCA BiG Club Facebook
Learning about sharks in Shark Seas Habitat. Image credit: BCA BiG Club Facebook
Students get to touch marine animals such as sea stars at the touchpool. Image credit: BCA BiG Club Facebook
Walking through Brian Skerry’s Nat Geo photo exhibition. Image credit: BCA BiG Club Facebook

One part of the Learning Journey had representatives from RWS’s Conservation and Education, Facility Management, Park Services and Curatorial teams sharing real life examples of how they incorporate sustainable and green efforts into their work.

Aquarist Priscilla Seah shared insights on the aquarium’s breeding programmes and other sustainability efforts.

The students then went behind the scenes to witness the day-to-day workings of the aquarium. They visited the back area of Open Ocean Habitat (our largest habitat), see how aquarist prepare fish feed for over 100,000 marine animals at the Food Preparation Room, and were the few people to actually get to visit the Quarantine Area, where new and sick marine animals are isolated for monitoring and treatment.

An aquarist cutting up fish feed. The team prepares about 400kg of marine feed daily.

Here are what some students had to say about their experience:

“I enjoyed going to the back of house because we managed to see how the Open Ocean Habitat looks like from above and I also saw my favourite marine creature, the Manta Ray!”
— Maya Ariana, Raffles Girls School

“From the speeches given by the different speakers, I got to understand more about how they try to save electricity. I was able to feel their passion for their work and how much they want to make Resort World Sentosa a better place. I was very motivated and interested to know more about their jobs.”
— Gu Shiyuan, Crescent Girls’ School

“I was astonished to know that about 450 kg of food is needed per day to feed more than 100,000 marine animals! I also found out that corals are actually animals, and I was especially fascinated by soft corals as they contain tiny, spiny skeletal elements that provide support and give their flesh a spiky, grainy texture that deters predators.”
— Pang Sid Ann, National Junior College (Secondary)

“I learnt about new technologies and methods that could be used to help make a facility more sustainable for its users. Overall, my experience was positive and I learnt the importance of sustaining the environment for generations to come.”
— Sarah-Ann Tham, School of the Arts Singapore

“I particularly loved the part when we got to see what kinds of food the marine animals were being fed. Although, the place smelt very fishy, it was worth it as not many people get to see how fish feed is being prepared and stored. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to do so.”
— Naomi Ham, Bukit Panjang Government High School

To find out more about the Build it Green (BiG) Club, check out their Facebook page.

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