Updates:

1st Voyage

  • September 24, 2021: NOC News announced "Mini-boat ‘KES Kraken’ built by Southampton students to set sail during NOC expedition"

    The ‘KES Kraken,’ which was named by the students at King Edwards VI School. The boat will be built over a number of weeks as part of a hands-on afterschool project. Students will equip it with a sail and a satellite tracker, that will allow them and the public to track the boat’s ocean journey. The mini-boat will also be one of the first to include a new sensor system which will also allow the boat to collect additional data about the ocean once deployed, which will allow the students to gain a better understanding of ocean currents, weather and technology. If the boat lands, the students will also have the opportunity to connect with a local school and community in the boat’s destination, allowing them to learn more about cultures around the world.

    During the programme, students will also get the chance to hear Ocean Literacy talks from Educational Passages, and NOC experts Dr B.B. Cael, Dr Ben Moat, Prof. Stephanie Henson, Dr Eleanor Frakja-Williams, Dr Alice Horton and Prof. Meric Srokosz, to help further enrich their understanding of topical ocean and environmental issues including microplastics and climate change.

    The project is part of the wider iFADO (Innovation in the Framework of the Atlantic Deep Ocean) project team, which will see the launch of five mini-boats this year around the Atlantic from Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, and the United Kingdom.

    Read the full article from the NOC website at https://noc.ac.uk/news/mini-boat-kes-kraken-built-southampton-students-set-sail-during-noc-expedition

  • November 2021 - Students complete preparations of their miniboat

    Since early September, a selection of Second Year students worked together with Sixth Form helpers to prepare, deploy, and track their very own miniboat in the Atlantic. Thanks to weekly visits from scientists, the students also had the chance to learn about different aspects of marine science: ocean currents, microplastics, marine autonomous robotic systems, climate change etc.

    KES KRAKEN will make its maiden voyage onboard RRS Discovery heading to the Southern Ocean. In keeping with maritime tradition, it will be gifted to Poseidon while crossing the Equator. Our miniboat is equipped with a GPS tracker and air and water temperature sensors, allowing us to track its whereabouts and the conditions it encounters.

    Read the latest blog post from the King Edward VI School: Students build ‘KES Kraken’ to set sail during The National Oceanography Centre expedition.

    Due to strict Covid-related safety measures, the from the cruise were not able to meet the students in person, but while onboard the RSS Discovery were embraced the new normal by meeting with them via Zoom:

    November 25, 2021 – The miniboat is now aboard the ship and ready to be part of the #DYK143 cruise!

This is one of five miniboats to be launched from the iFADO Project (Innovation in the Framework of the Atlantic Deep Ocean).

King Edward VI School would like to express their gratitude to:

  • Ms Cassie Stymiest from Educational Passages;
  • Dr B.B Cael,
  • Dr B. Moat,
  • Dr A Horton,
  • Dr E. Frajka-Williams,
  • Dr D. J. Mayor,
  • Dr F. Carvalho,
  • Prof. M Srokosz from NOC;
  • Dr P. Whomersley from CEFAS and members of the cruise DY143 for generously donating their resources and time.

This project was also financially supported by:

  • Educational Passages,
  • DIAPOD project – PI Dr. D.J.Mayor,
  • GOCART project – PI Dr S. Henson, and
  • iFADO project – PI Dr S. Hartman.