Science, Education and Marine Archeology
Discovering the deep ocean

Secondary schools will discover the deep ocean by participating in activities included in a scientific project that involves american institutions, like the Ocean Technology Foundation (OTF) and the University of Connecticut, and portuguese institutions, like Centro de Ciências do Mar do Algarve (Centre of Marine Sciences of the Algarve),Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (Autonomous University of Lisbon) and Instituto Hidrográfico (Hydrographic Institute).

The SEMAPP project - Science, Education and Marine Archeology Program in Portugal – aims to study archaeology, sea biology and geology of the Portuguese coast, as well as to introduce new technologies to study the ocean.

Schools Involved in the Project

Júlio Dantas Secondary School, Lagos
Raul Proença Secondary School, Caldas da Rainha
Silves Secondary School, Silves
Diogo Gouveia Secondary School, Beja
Manuel Teixeira Gomes Secondary School, Portimão
Oliveira do Hospital Secondary School
Albufeira Secondary School


An afternoon “Discovering the Deep Ocean” on World Oceans Day -2005

On June 8th, Ciência Viva celebrated the World Oceans Day promoting the session “Discovering the Deep Ocean”. The teachers and some of the students that visited the ship “Shultz Xavier” and the scientists involved in the project SEMAPP, prof. Teresa Cerveira Borges (CCMar/UAlg) and Dr. Mário Ferreira (CEMar/UAL), participated in this event. There were also presentations by Cmte Gouveia Melo, a specialist in submarines of the Portuguese Navy, and by Aurélio Faria, a SIC journalist that made a piece that involved SEMAPP.


Visit to the ship “Shultz Xavier”

The winners of the contest “Discovering the deep ocean” have participated on the SEMAPP’s expedition on the 17th April 2004. The day started really early, as the ship sailed from Portimão at 6h30 a.m., but it was a day full of activities and new experiences. One of the students, Joana, dived for 30 minutes in the Delta, a unique experience.
For this day, the Portuguese Navy has also made available a small patrol boat for back-up.

The commented photos illustrate this day.

Photos of OTF thanking her partners with a simbolic award.

Daily Log Online

The expedition has begun! The investigators are on board the NRP “Shultz Xavier” and here you can follow along the submersible diving expedition in Portimão.

18th April 2004
17th April 2004
16th April 2004
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14th April 2004
13th April 2004
12th April 2004


Saturday, 28th February, at the Centro Ciência Viva do Algarve, in Faro, secondary school teachers attended a workshop where they got acquainted with the scientific, technological and educational aspects of the project. The workshop included presentations by specialists of the scientific fields involved in the project, hands-on activities and a presentation of the educational resources given to the participating teachers. It was also announced the contest for students whose winners will participate on the expedition.

Program and presentations
Activities for the schools

Contest: Discovering the deep ocean

Three pupils and their teacher will have the opportunity to participate in the expedition in Portimão’s canyon. Students will spend a whole day onboard the research vessel as part of the scientific staff and will have the possibility of diving in the submersible.

To select the pupils that will be part of the expedition for one day in Portimão, students were invited to participate in the contest “Discovering the deep ocean”, a contest about marine sciences and underwater technologies.

Winning Paper (in portuguese)
Diogo Gouveia Secondary School (Beja) – Dr. Luís Miranda
Group: Sara Valente, Carlos Ramos, Joana Cravo e Jorge Lima

Exhibition: In the deep ocean

Exhibition at Centro Ciência Viva do Algarve, Faro.


Scientific collaborators
Teresa Cerveira Borges (CCMAR/Universidade do Algarve)
Marine Biology
Paulo Oliveira (ISR/Instituto Superior Técnico)
Pedro Terrinha (LATTEX/Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa)
Marta Entradas (CREMINER/Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa)

Inês Moura Martins (Ciência Viva)
Kevin Barardo (OTF)