Ecology lessons in preparation for our beach trip on Monday.
Today we welcomed Dr. Gregory from The Reef Institute, formally called Healthy Aquatics Marine Institute to the 8th and 9th grade classrooms. Dr. Gregory introduced the students to our year-long project in coral research. We will be housing a coral seed bank in the lab space that is being outfitted to become a coral lab. The goal is to have students involved every step of the way, which is why today was spent building, calibrating and hooking up parts of the tank systems. First period chemistry was in charge of the lights for the coral tanks. Second period was responsible for the filter and pump set up and fourth period chemistry helped begin pairing our on-line APEX fusion system. The ninth grade followed with hooking up all the probes to the APEX system and making sure all the sensors were calibrated and ready to go.
We must also mention the amazing coral mural that Ms. Kim Belfi spent the weekend adding to the classroom. The students were all amazed at how beautiful the classroom looks. Thank you to Ms. Belfi for helping make the coral lab so inspirational.
Overall, today was the day when the flag was lifted and we were cheered on for the great year ahead...One that will include learning, building, testing, retesting, innovating, designing, gathering data, and most of all having a great time together making a difference.