WELCOME to MARINE SCIENCE! This is a class the students take after completing living environment and earth science or chemistry. This is a third or fourth year elective science lab class. The class is 2 credits to help complete the 6 credit graduation requirement for science.
This course is a mix of marine biology and oceanography. The marine biology portion consists of studying marine plants, algae, seaweed, and marine environments. The next part of the course consists of studying the marine animals from simple to complex. We study in order bacteria, protists, cnidarians, ctenophores, marine worms, mollusks, arthropods, echinoderms, protochordates, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. In oceanography we study waves, diving history, salinity, pollution, tides, currents, PH, ocean chemistry, refraction and pressure.
The class has a lab component for each unit as well as homework and an exam. Students are also required to do two power point presentations and several current event reports.
My goal is to impart science knowledge as well as to bring back a love of science. I teach academic skills like note taking, organization, writing, critical thinking and teaching kids how to improve study habits.
The program involves several student trips. We go to cold springs fish hatchery to learn about raising fish and aquaculture. We bring back fertilized eggs to school to raise the trout and see their development through a transparent egg. The school received a grant for free equipment to raise the fish and release them. Students apply for jobs at the NY Aquarium and we take several field trips there. We also go to Marine Science Education Conferences at Kingsborough Community college to learn about current marine topics from expert speakers. The students are exposed to the Maritime technology program at the college. We volunteer to do community beach cleanups and fix my park day. The Marine biology club offers community service hours to students through several options. Also, we visit The American Museum of natural History to learn about animals and their habitats in The Hall of Oceans.