Maritime Aquarium Winter Programming 

I Notice I Wonder Program – K-2

Week 1: Meet the Animals: Students observe and touch a variety of local intertidal animals including crabs, snails, and horseshoes crabs.  Through a guided discussion students will identify structures these animals have on their bodies to help them find and eat food, protect themselves, and move in their habitats.

Week 2: Butterflies: Students will learn about butterflies and moths by engaging in hands-on activities.  They will explore the life cycle of a butterfly, match caterpillars to the adult butterflies they will become, and put together a butterfly and moth puzzle.  At the end of the program, they will bring home a symmetry coloring activity, as well as their very own butterfly hat.

Week 3: Deep Sea: During this program, students will have a chance to find out more about the largely unexplored deep sea.  They will be able to make their own deep sea guesses as to which animals live where, and will leave with diagrams of their hypotheses about where things live in the ocean.

Week 4: Plankton: How much do you know about the water in the Long Island Sound?  Do you know that there are tiny animals and plants in the water that we can’t see with our eyes?  We’ll take you on a journey to the tiny world of plankton or drifters, and show you how organisms can live when they can’t swim against a current.  You’ll create your own plankton and see how they “hold up” at the plankton race to stay afloat!

Week 5: Reptiles: Reptiles are a very diverse and interesting group of animals.  Through different activities, we will learn what it means to be a reptile and how to camouflage.

Week 6: Sharks: Students will explore shark artifacts including jaws and skin.  They’ll match plastic models to a shark poster to show all of the different shapes and sizes of sharks.  We’ll explore the idea of electricity by doing a mini experiment and top off our day with making shark fun hats.

Dates: 1/12/22-2/16/22, Wednesdays, 4pm-4:45pm

Cost: $165 per participant

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Sound Explorers – Grades: 3-5 

Week 1: Life Between the Tides: Visit a virtual intertidal zone to learn and observe the unique adaptations Long Island Sound species have developed to overcome living in this challenging area.  Students will learn how tides occur, and determine the intertidal habitat animals are best adapted for surviving based on physical and behavioral adaptations.

Week 2: Deep Sea: During this program, students will have a chance to find out more about the largely unexplored deep sea.  They will be able to make their own deep sea creatures, and will leave with a deep sea world puzzle!

Week 3: Endangered Species: Some species of the world are on a path to extinction!  In this class, students will learn about some of the challenges wild animals face, focusing on sea turtles.  Students will play an “Endangered Species” game in which they explore real-life scenarios animals must overcome.  They will become empowered with ways to help threatened or endangered animals.

Week 4: Sharks: During this lesson, students will draw a shark and label structural adaptations they think would be good for a shark to have.  Then , they’ll break into groups and have some hands-on time with jaws, scales, skin, and more to learn about those adaptations.  To end the lesson, the students will get some time to do a word search and word scramble about sharks.

Week 5: Food Webs: In this program, students will learn how animals and plants are connected in food webs within their ecosystems.  They will create a Long Island Sound food web and see how changes to one species impact all the species in the ecosystem.

Week 6: Navigation Adventure: How did early explorers find they way across vast oceans and wide continents?  In this program bridging STEM and history, students learn about the tools of early and modern explorers.  They practice using maps and charts and estimate distances using drafting compasses and scale bars.  They discuss differences between navigation on land and water, and learn about amazing animal navigators.

Dates: 1/12/22-2/16/22, Wednesdays, 5pm-6pm

Cost: $185 per participant

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Marine STEM – Grades: 6-8 

Week 1: Intro to Marine STEM (Legos): Students will be able to identify the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and connect their importance to the marine environment.  Students will work in groups to complete several models of marine technology.

Week 2: Design a Boat:  Students will learn about buoyancy by designing a boat out of aluminum foil.  They will attempt to design the boat that holds the most pennies before sinking.

Week 3: Building Bridges: Students will use design and engineering techniques to build a simple bridge with straws and masking tape.  They will learn about the different types of bridges and use that knowledge to design a bridge that is able to hold the most pennies.

Week 4: Marble Rollercoasters: Students will be introduced to concepts such as momentum and energy through building foam roller-coasters around the classroom.  Students will test their rollercoasters by using marbles down the track.

Week 5: Navigation Adventures: How did early explorers find their way across vast oceans and wide continents?  In this program bridging STEM and history, students learn about the tools of early and modern explorers.  They practice using maps and compasses.  Students will learn about amazing animal navigators.  They will make their own compasses from household items.

Week 6: Touch Tank: Visit a virtual intertidal zone to learn and observe the unique adaptations Long Island Sound species have developed to overcome living in this challenging area.  Students will learn how tides occur, and determine the intertidal habitat animals are best adapted for surviving in based on physical and behavioral adaptations.

Dates: 1/13/22-2/17/22, Thursdays, 4pm-5pm

Cost: $185 per participant

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