Below is a thinglink I have concocted to sum up the outreach events and partnering of local organizations relating to the field of science in which the students from the tail end of last year to the current roster have been a part of. The roster of students of 2015-2016 have had been exposed to so many incredible resources that make our community. It is uncommon for such a small place to have the vast amount of people working in related fields of environmental, biological, and physical sciences as it does. These children have had more interaction with scientists throughout the school year than the peers from any region, making them stewards for our community and hopefully sparking a curiosity to pursue a career in a related science field. In this case, it is good to be spoiled.
None of this could have been possible if it were not for a.) my colleague Lauren Daniel whispering in my ear to join her in this quest with the COHORT and b.) also the Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST) to put me in contact with groups such as the Coastal Reserve, Coastal Federation, NOAA, and Duke Lab (to name a few). This thinglink will serve as my introduction to the National Marine Educators Association in Orlando, FL this summer. I think the viewers will be impressed with what these young minds have experienced and created because of those experiences. Please leave comments below if you feel the thinglink lacks explanation. Just keep in mind these are only captions and I’ll be explaining the activities in depth. I can always do the same in the comment section. Thank you and enjoy.
Ask your kid what marine debris is, where it is found, and how it effects our oceans and I’ll bet you’ll receive a wealth of information. The Coastal Federation visited us today to teach the kids about this topic, and how long it takes for given items to break down over time. They also learned how litter effects marine life, easily mistaking it for food. The students created a timeline, offering each item of trash by how long it took to break down. The Coastal Fed had a follow up activity for us to try. It would be great to incorporate technology with this topic and have those students that own a tablet, smartphone, or camera to snap shots of litter in their neighborhood keeping track of the amount of litter that could potentially make it’s way to our waterways. Hopefully they’d pick it up (that around the house/neighborhood) and dispose of it in the appropriate container.
Kristen Daly is a marine biologist that works in the educational department from the Coastal Federation right down the block from BSES. She visited our class today to stress the importance of how storm water run off causes erosion and carries fertilizers and pesticides, not to forget litter, into our water ways. The students each had a chance to add some type of consequence from the human footprint. If only you could have been a fly in the room listening to them discuss and tie in topics of deforestation, erosion, conserving resources, being environmentally aware. At times I wonder if they are listening. Today proved not only that they are, but they’re also taking steps necessary to make life changes. Yeah we recycle, but they also compost snacks, pick litter up around campus on their own accord, and are now voicing their awareness via blogging (click here to check out their stuff). It is impressive for one so young to take charge. As Stan Lee would say, “true believer.”