There's a Marine Biologist in my Classroom

We'll bring the field trip to you!

Our team of marine educators will pack up their artifacts, equipment and specimens and deliver a hands-on learning experience that complements your curriculum and engages students. We will bring the rich diversity of the Gulf Coast marine environment to your classroom.

Every student becomes a marine biologist in our classroom workshops. This year, let us bring the world of sharks to your students. Select one or all four sessions.


You can make your own Shark Week!

Sharks and Their Role as Apex Predators
Our professional marine educators have carefully designed this session to provide students with a rich educational experience and a deeper understanding of the role of apex predators in food webs and how sharks use their "sharky" senses to locate and attack prey. Students will learn how different types of sharks have adaptations, providing advantages for hunting specific prey types in different marine environments. Our staff designed two creative, fun and engaging "out of their seat" experiential activities to incorporate the cognitive, emotional and physical aspects of learning about sharks as apex predators. FUN, FUN, FUN!

Shark Anatomy and Dissection
Here is a marine biology class on steroids. The Marine Education Center staff delivers preserved sharks, 2-3 feet long to the classroom along with all the supplies to have your choice of a dissection demonstration or a hands-on dissection experience for groups of 4-5 students per specimen. Maximum thirty students to classroom. Students will work with shark type; spiny dogfish learning the external and internal anatomy and what makes the spiny dog fish different from other shark species and what is unique about their role in the marine environment. Get in there...and get your gloves dirty!

Conservation Measures for Shark Populations on a Global Scale
Sharks get a bad wrap, but they are important members of the marine food web. Sharks are under pressure because people see them as threats, they like to eat their fins in soup and to top it all off sharks have fewer shark babies because they take longer to mature and they have very slow reproductive systems. This all adds up to species vulnerability. Marine educators engage participants in learning about different types of sharks and the interdependent relationships of sharks and other marine animals in the watery world. Our marine specialists have created a curriculum that includes engaging the class in fun exercises to teach and reinforce the principals of sustainability and extinction for sharks. Long live the sharks!

University Whale Shark Tagging and Recapture Data - What do we Learn?
Very little is known about the life of a whale shark in the world's oceans. Our marine educators, working closely with our marine scientists take the current research and tagging data from our university whale shark studies and bring them to your classroom. Students will learn about the different technologies utilized for tagging whale sharks and for recording and communicating how whale sharks move from one place in the ocean to another. Students will graph research information from specific whale shark individuals and form their own hypothesis about whale shark behavior. You be the scientist!

Sessions are 45 minutes each, with a minimum of 20 students per session.

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