Guests will test, build, and design their own Cartesian diver using principles of buoyancy in relation to fish.
DoDEA students explore Jupiter through innovative GAVRT project
They will be able to define and understand the concept of buoyancy, explain how a fish moves up and down in the water column, and engage in the scientific process. The activity will have fish and shark diagrams to show how these animals stay buoyant, bins filled with water to test buoyancy of "divers", and the opportunity for guests to design and test their own cartesian divers. As part of our commitment to education, the National Marine Mammal Foundation participates in outreach efforts at local San Diego schools and public events.
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By educating children and the community about our exciting marine mammal discoveries, we hope to inspire future generations. We will offer hands on STEM demonstrations involving sound, effects of water pollution, and echolocation. We also have fun interactive games where participants can learn about marine mammal biology and win prizes.
There will be interactive displays explaining the waste water cycle, and the City's ocean monitoring program. For example, the "down the drain game" teaches children what not to put down "the drain", and on the marine biology side, they can operate an ocean water sampler and examine preserved specimens of marine animals. The goal is to educate people about the waste water treatment process and remind them that what they do at home affects ocean life and the natural environment.
This booth will focus on ways to extend the core day curriculum by engaging students in learning about identification, behavior, and maintenance of fish species as well as reptiles and amphibians.
Students will share about opportunities to participate in feedings, hands-on lab maintenance and set up tanks, and will explain the process of receiving training necessary to earn a pet shop certification. They will also share opportunities to network with scientists and members of the pet industry.
As a testament to their shared commitment to scholarship and discovery, students and a few teachers gave up sleep to take control of the GAVRT. They worked as a team to collect and recorded thermal and non-thermal radio emissions from the Jovian system. The data collected by the students was recorded for use by National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists, universities and other organizations that conduct space research. The project was a perfect match with a renewed effort to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics—commonly referred to as STEM—instruction in schools across DoDEA.
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More importantly, the projects bring deeper meaning to the STEM skills they have been developing in the classroom as they are challenged to apply their knowledge to real-life situations. The students were excited to be a part of the research and said they look forward to participating in additional projects focusing on the study of Jupiter and its moons. The 49 schools in DoDEA Pacific are comprised of more than 24, students and 3, full-time professional educators and support staff.
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