OCEAN BIODIVERSITY EXPLORERS
Field Trips for High School Students to the OSC
The Ocean Sciences Centre and its partner the Oceans Learning Partnership (OLP) are pleased to invite high school Biology 2201 classes to participate in a one-day, hands-on lab program. The program is an excellent opportunity to introduce students to the diversity of life in the oceans, to discuss animal adaptations, and excite students about marine science! The program was designed to complement the at-sea field program offered by Oceans Learning Partnership, and was piloted in fall 2013 with Biology 2201 and Science 1206 students and received very positive feedback from teachers and students.
Participating classes will rotate through four learning stations, during which they will:
Perform a fish dissection and learn about adaptations for the marine environment, handle live invertebrates and learn how to identify these animals using a dichotomous key, use health monitoring tools for an important aquaculture species, and learn about the research taking place at the OSC. As well, they will participate in animal care including assisting with ongoing behavioural studies on the resident harp seals.
All activities are guided by Department of Ocean Sciences graduate students and staff. The cost per student is $10 and we can accomodate up to 50 students per trip. To learn more you can watch this short video produced by the OSC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K79oqs7Jr8E
“I think that the OSC has developed a fabulous program for the engagement of students in the ocean life sciences. It provides an invaluable opportunity to provide students an insight not only to the mysteries of life in the oceans but also the excitement of research being conducted at the OSC.”
- Clarence Button, Science and Technology Teacher, O’Donel High School, Mount Pearl