DIY Plankton Nets

Objective: Learn and understand the important role of zooplankton and phytoplankton in the marine ecosystem.
 
 
Method: Build a plankton net to collect zooplankton and observe them under a microscope.
Objective: Learn and understand the important role of zooplankton and phytoplankton in the marine ecosystem.
 
 
Method: Build a plankton net to collect zooplankton and observe them under a microscope. Develop a classroom dialogue about marine food webs and how they relate to other food webs. Discuss photosynthesis and the importance of healthy environments. 

DIY Water Filters

Objective: Learn and understand the importance of filter feeding invertebrates such as clams, mussels, and oysters in aquatic ecosystems.
 
 
Method: Build a water filter and explore the effects of water filtration. Create connections between bivalves and a clean water environment.

DIY ROV

Objective: Understand the physics and operations of a underwater remotely operated vehicle as well as the application and uses of such technology.
 
 
Method: Build a remotely operated that is both buoyant and easy to operate. Use the ROV to complete a variety of tasks such as picking up objects at the bottom of a water pool. 

Intertidal Exploration

Objective: Learn how to tell different species apart, discuss environmental habitats, and understand the role of healthy ecosystems and human impact on the environment. 
 
 
Method: Explore the coast and identify varies invertebrates, organisms, and marine species.

Ocean Acidification Lab

Objective: Learn and understand how carbon dioxide released from human industry effects oceans and aquatic systems, as well as the effects on marine food webs and environmental health.
 
 
Method: Using a pH indicator, students set up a variety of liquid solutions to measure the acidity and alkalinity of the substances. When students place the pH indicator into water, it is blue indicating alkaline. Students then blow air through a straw into the solution and the color turns yellow, indicating a change in pH and an increase in acidity.