Canoe week success for Burnley school children

185 Burnley schoolchildren have enjoyed a week of canoeing along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

In partnership with the Desmond Family Canoe Trail, the UK's first coast-to-coast canoe trail, Explorers Education Volunteers have been busy inspiring school children about the Leeds & Liverpool Canal - by canoe!

Between 25th - 29th September, a record breaking 185 children took part in canoeing sessions and science workshops along the canal, both of which were completely free of charge. They learnt what properties cause an object to float or sink, and were able to see this science in action whilst being on the water themselves.

The canoe week was a great opportunity for children to see STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) principles working in real life. Our waterways are full of opportunities for STEM learning, find out more about our STEM learning programme here.

Head teacher from St John the Baptist Primary School in Burnley said "It’s a brilliant initiative which I hope the Canal & River Trust and Desmond Family Canoe Trail will continue to offer.”

Last date edited: 9 October 2017

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The Education Team

The Education Team delivers two main learning programmes. Explorers which is aimed at primary school children and uniformed groups, and STEM which is aimed at secondary schools. We provide free, curriculum linked learning resources for teachers and offer a range of outreach sessions to inspire children and young people about our waterways. Our fantastic Education Volunteers deliver sessions on the towpath or in school, bringing the stories of our waterways to life.


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