Coasts for Kids is a collaborative experience between children and their parents, coastal scientists, community artists, teachers, animators and coastal managers. The series is aimed at kids aged 6 and over. It includes important concepts in coastal processes and coastal evolution in Episodes 1, 2 and 3, followed up by analyses of human impacts in Episode 4 and management actions in Episode 5. The scripts were developed by a group of scientists in collaboration with teachers and community writers. Children were an integral part of the process, prompting questions and adding their own expressions and ‘cool phrases’ to the final episodes.
Coasts for Kids is the result of a transdisciplinary team effort co-ordinated by Irene Delgado-Fernandez (pic on the right) and involving teachers, artists, and coastal scientists from universities in the UK, Canada, Australia, Spain, France, and Mexico. Irene is Professor of Coastal Geomorphology at Edge Hill University (NW England) where she started as Lecturer in 2012 following postdoctoral work at the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland) and PhD work at the University of Guelph (Canada). She is interested on coastal evolution and modelling, and specialises on coastal dune dynamics, beach-dune interactions, coastal aerodynamics and aeolian sediment transport.
The Coasts for Kids video series was developed in partnership with Sefton Council and Southport Eco Visitor Centre (NW England) and supported by Edge Hill University. The episodes were narrated by school children aged 6-8 years old. The overall goal of the project was to empower kids (and adults) to understand some of the complex interactions regulating coastal dynamics at a variety of temporal and spatial scales, and to trigger awareness and interest on coasts from an early age.