The Knowledge Awareness centers were created in order to promote the Underwater Cultural and Natural Heritage sites. The purpose is to make these sites accessible to the majority of divers but also to non-divers. Τhe operation of the KACs assists in the knowledge diffusion of these sites and promotes the good practices of BLUEMED regarding the underwater world.
Atlantis Consulting S.A. in cooperation with the Municipality of Alonissos invited school classes to visit the KAC in Alonissos and raise young people’s awareness on the value of underwater Cultural and Natural Heritage and on the need for their protection and preservation. Also, in order to support the validation of the operation of KACs the students were asked to fill questionnaires regarding their experience while visiting the KAC.
On 25/11/2019 a visit from a local school was planned for the KAC of Alonissos. It was scheduled to be visited by 2 high-school classes from Alonissos. The tour in the KAC involved the observation of the Promotional BLUEMED video, the interaction with the VR system and touch screen and the provision of knowledge about BLUEMED through the informative posters and the introductory speech
The event started with a presentation regarding BLUEMED project and its practices. After the speech, participating students had the opportunity to watch the promotional video of BLUEMED and to navigate on the premises of the KAC and try the Virtual Reality (VR) system and the touch screen app.
- The visitors were very excited about the VR system and the said that the display of the virtual diving was very innovative and impressive.
- They liked the spacious area of the KAC and the location of TV screens.
- They commented positively on the area that the KAC was located.
- They expressed their excitement on the display with the amphorae that was placed inside the KAC.
The general feedback was very positive from the visit and the visitors had a very warm welcome in the KAC of Alonissos.