IN YOUR CLASSROOMS

Conduct experiments and activities covering a wide range marine

and environmental science topics at Project Oceanology

We’ll come to you! Project Oceanology science educators bring our oceanographic equipment for research and experiments to your classroom after designing a customized program in sync with your current studies or branching into new territory.

 

Our programs work for all audiences at schools, colleges or other public venues. All of our programs can be tailored to suit your group’s needs and interests.

Algae Pressing: The marine seaweeds, grasses, and flowering plants are of great importance to coastal and near-shore environments. Marsh plants and dune grasses are sources of nutrients and prevent erosion. Preserving plants can be used for identification of species and study of taxonomic relationships between plants. They can also be used to determine geographic variations and study of their tissues and structures.

 

Charting and Plotting: Determining position at sea is an important aspect of all mariners. This activity will introduce students to the basic characteristics of a marine chart, including the meaning of different symbols and determining depth and location using latitude and longitude.

Crab Habitats Study: The introduced Asian shore crab (Hemigrapsus sanguineus) is a common species found in the rocky intertidal zone of Long Island Sound. Its success in this harsh environment can be related to a number of factors, including its choice of habitat. This inquiry-based activity will have students design their own experimental chamber to understand habitat selection by organisms.

 

Fish Respiration: Temperature has a profound effect on living things. It can slow down or increase their growth, appetite, digestion and reproduction. This activity focuses on living marine organisms’ metabolism and the rhythmical activities related to the metabolic process carried out by marine and fresh water animals. 

Heat Loss Lab: Seals are warm-blooded mammals that need to maintain a constant body temperature for survival. Harbor seals in Long Island Sound have adaptations that allow them to stay warm through the cold winter months. This activity explores the role of shape in maintaining body temperature.

 

Identification and Adaptation of Marine Animals: This activity uses a variety of Long Island Sound organisms – plankton, algae, infauna and epifauna – to introduce identification and observational techniques. Focus may be on the identification process to introduce the taxonomic order, in which student teams identify the common and scientific names of different organisms, or the focus may be on comparing and contrasting survival of species. 

Layered Ocean: In many areas of the ocean, density layers can be distinguished from less dense surface waters to the more dense bottom waters. These relatively stable density layers can be due to rapid changes in temperature or salinity. Because of these layers, the waters tend to not mix from one layer to another. This activity incorporates the properties of water and floating objects in different densities.

 

Plankton Lab: Plankton are tiny plants and animals that are carried about by the waters of the ocean. They are fascinating organisms that are basic to marine food chains and life cycles. This activity examines the different types of plankton and their role in the food web. Photosynthesis and flotation characteristics of benthic organisms will be discussed, as well as adaptation of plankton to different seasons and ocean depths.

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