Grades 9 to 12

All grade 9-12 programs focus on scientific inquiry and literacy, the ability to read, write, discuss and present coherent ideas about science. They are designed to bring science to life and encourage students to identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigation.

THIS CLASS CAN TRAVEL TO YOU THIS CLASS INCLUDES A TOUCH & LEARN WITH A LIVE REPTILE THIS CLASS HAS A CONSERVATION FOCUS

CAREER EXPLORATION

Find out about the variety of marine-related career opportunities available to your students. From designing deep sea vehicles, analyzing blood and water samples to developing interactive programs for visitors, students will understand what it takes to keep an educational research facility like ours running successfully. We would love to see some of them as part of our staff someday!

COMPARATIVE EVOLUTION

This program explains how environmental changes supported the evolution of new species. Students will examine marine mammal skeletons to discover the structural changes whales and dolphins have made to support a fully aquatic lifestyle. This program is a great way for your students to see firsthand anatomical evidence that supports the theory of evolution and the transition from a terrestrial to aquatic lifestyle.

CT State Science Standard Addressed: 10.5
CT Enrichment Standards: Evolution, Physiology

ENDANGERED ECOSYSTEMS

From the coral reef ecosystem off the coast of Australia to the polar regions within the Arctic Circle, ocean habitats around the world are under extreme stress. Throughout this interactive class, students will discover how climate change, pollution, habitat loss and human interaction are affecting aquatic plants and animals around the world. The class will conclude by discussing the current projects underway to help recover these endangered ecosystems.

CT State Science Standards Addressed: 9.3, 9.6, 9.8, 9.9, 10.6

RESEARCHER FOR A DAY

Each Researcher-for-a-Day experience engages students with hands-on laboratory experiences that illustrate real-time applications of science themes learned in the classroom. Each 2-hour unique program offers students an inside look at marine science and helps them recognize their role in environmental conservation.

Cost of program: $7 per student

Hematology – Using blood to investigate animal health – CT State Science Standard
Addressed: 10.1,
CT Enrichment Standards: Science and Technology, Physiology
Microbiology – Examining the world through the eyes of a microscope – CT State Science Standard
Addressed: 10.2,
CT Enrichment Standard: Physiology Molecular Biology – Exploring conservation through DNA – CT State Science Standard
Addressed: 10.1,
CT Enrichment Standards: Science and Technology, Physiology