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2020 Activities

Aging of Fish and Sea Turtles: Learn how researchers estimate ages of fish and sea turtle species using hard structures and why it matters.

Aquatic Animal Veterinary Care: Students will learn how a fish health examination is performed, using anesthesia and diagnostic techniques to assess general health and look for parasites.

Bristle Bots: Students will make a Bristle Bot to take home. This is a little ‘bug’ that is made with the head of a toothbrush, a small vibrator motor, a small coin battery, and some connecting wire and tape.

Dolphin Photo Identification: Photo-identification is the process of using photographs of natural markings on animals to distinguish one animal from another. Students will use real data to look for dolphin matches and calculate the size of their population of dolphins in North Carolina.

Fish/Oyster Dissection: Dissect a fish or oyster to learn about their physiology and anatomy, as well as how they help the environment.

Investigating Enzymes: Enzymes are biological catalysts the speed up chemical reactions required for life processes. Students will experiment with chemical reactions to see how catalyses work.

Living Shorelines: Students will learn about natural based solutions for controlling erosion and polluted runoff. They will also have a chance to explore a nearby living shoreline to learn about different types of wildlife that benefit from some of these methods.

Ozobots: Students will learn how to instruct a robot by writing code.

Rocket to the Stars: Students will use stomp rockets to learn about aerodynamics.

Say Watt?!?!: Students will learn about current, voltage, and resistance by building a Clap Switch circuit (Sound Triggered LED). Students will also learn how to make a simple phone speaker from wires, magnets, and a paper plate.

Science Diving: Learn about SCUBA diving and collecting data underwater. Learn how to collect transect and quadrat data as well as construct coral trees for an ongoing project.

Studying Venus Flytraps: Students will measure venus fly traps just like researchers do, and discuss what factors affect plant growth.

Squid Dissection: Hands-on activity observing the anatomy of a squid through a dissection.

The Life of a Diamondback Terrapin: This activity will take students on a journey through the Diamondback Terrapin life cycle and all the threats it encounters during its lifetime due to anthropogenic influences.

Whale That’s Loud: Students will explore underwater sounds made by marine mammals and learn how researchers study sound underwater.

What’s the Catch?: This is an interactive role-playing game for students to learn about the challenges fishing communities face in equitably managing their resources. Students will represent different interests (e.g., fisher, fish buyer, mayor, etc.) and have different opportunities/limitations from management decisions during each “fishing season”.