Thursday, September 23, 2010

Narragansett Bay Science Class

Every day I feel blessed that I am able to homeschool my children. On days like yesterday I especially feel it. We were so fortunate to be able to take a science class, once per month, for the school year at the Narragansett Bay Campus University. Yesterdays class was fabulous and here are some of the highlights..lots of pictures. Campus Sign
This was our classroom today, Narragansett Bay. The Bay is actually a mix of fresh water and salt water.
The students were told all about the bay and how important it is to preserve it's inhabitants. Did you know that 1 out of every 4 breathes we take is created by algae in the oceans?

The students were then given a bottle to layer sediment and water from the bay in and make water columns

They also found some starfish
I'm glad I put rain boots on Jadyn, but the rest of her ended up getting wet

But she had fun and learned SO MUCH, so it was all worth it
The Bay
Jadyn emptying the water out of her waterproof boots, so much for that idea
The children then gathered together on the shore and were taught about water columns and the trophic level in ecology, very interesting
question and answer time

Then we all headed back to the classroom to let our water columns settle and relax a bit

We then proceeded to the science center to learn more, first we saw some amphoras that had been recovered from the ocean floor

Jadyn's feet were wet and she was not amused

The campus view of the bay

More amphoras

Then on to the inner space center where there were live feeds of undersea exhibitions are broadcast on huge screens as well as highlights of past exhibitions
This is a live feed from the nautilus in Turkey where Dr. Ballard is exploring, Dr. Ballard is the man who found the wreck of the Titanic.
This is the studio where the undersea explorers are interviewed for the National Geographic Explorer show, almost everything in this studio was donated by National Geographic, the pictures just do not do it justice. I expecially LOVED the floor.

A bigger live feed of the nautilus in Turkey
This is Meagan who is working with Dr. Ballard and is watching his live feed, What an amazing job!
This was a fascinating class and we cannot wait until next month when the topic will be Underwater Volcanoes

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