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We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and got a chance to investigate, interact with and, of course, learn about."

– Rockland County, NY, camp director

Fun & Learning

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Looks closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).

 

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View and download our full 2014-15 Maritime Aquarium Educational Programs catalog.

 

Middle School Programs

NEW!  Navigation Adventures (Grades 5-6)

LIS-chartHow did early explorers find their way across vast oceans and wide continents? In this new program bridging STEM and history, students will learn about the tools of early and modern explorers. They’ll practice using maps and charts and estimate distances using drafting compasses and scale bars. They’ll discuss differences between navigation on land and water, and learn about amazing animal navigators, including the seals that return to Norwalk each winter! 75 minutes. Also available as a Traveling Teacher presentation at your school.

At Aquarium: $150 for first or simultaneous; $140 for second sequential & additional sequential.
Traveling Teacher at Your School: $200 for first or simultaneous; $150 for second & additional sequential. Add’l travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 5:  CT Science, 5.4;  Common Core, SL5.1, SL5.2;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 4, 9.
Grade 6:  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 4, 9.

 

Brine Shrimp Inquiry (Grades 5-7)  brine-shrimp

Through a guided inquiry experiment, students take on the role of behavioral scientists as they investigate how brine shrimp respond to a range of stimuli. Creating hypotheses, recording observations and deciding how to control variables, students engage in an experiment that emulates the scientific process. Afterward, students draw their own conclusions and present their results. 90 minutes.  Includes live animals in the presentation. Also available as a Traveling Teacher presentation at your school.

At Aquarium: $200 for first or simultaneous; $185 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $265 for first or simultaneous; $200 for second & additional sequential. Additional travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 5:  Next Gen., LS2.1;  CT Science, 5.2;  Common Core, SL.5.5, MP.2;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10.
Grade 6:  Next Gen., LS1.C;  CT Science, 6.2; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10.
Grade 7:  Next Gen., LS1.C;  Common Core, 7.RP.A.2; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10.

 

Water Pollution (Grades 5-7)

Long Island Sound and its watershed provide a perfect opportunity to explore human impacts on aquatic ecosystems. Students will share their knowledge about sources of pollution and then pollute a watershed model to demonstrate how pollutants travel and where they end up. They’ll also discuss strategies for cleaning up the pollution that makes its way to the Sound, and identify ways everyone can contribute to that effort! One hour. Also available as a Traveling Teacher presentation at your school.

At Aquarium: $135 for first or simultaneous; $120 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential. Add’l travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 5:  Next Gen., ESS2.A, ESS2.C, ESS3.C;  Common Core, SL.5.5, MP.2; CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 3, 6.
Grade 6:  Next Gen., ESS2.C, ESS3.A, ESS3.C;  CT Science, 6.2, 6.4; Common Core, 6.SP.B.4; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 3, 8, 9, 10.
Grade 7:  Next Gen., ESS2.C, ESS3.A, ESS3.C; CT Science, 7.3;  CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 3, 8. 9. 10.

 

NEW!  Exploring Systems (Grades 6-8)IMG 0399

What are the essential parts of the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems? How do they work together to accomplish the body’s essential functions? In these comparative-anatomy programs, students will be guided in a focused fish dissection. They will think not only about how these systems operate in fish, but compare them to their analogous systems in humans. Take each program separately, or combine them for a 90-minute lab. All also are available as Traveling Teacher presentations at your school.

• Respiratory and Circulatory Systems  – 1 hour

At Aquarium: $135 for first or simultaneous; $120 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential

• Digestive System – 45 minutes

At Aquarium: $135 for first or simultaneous; $120 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential

• Respiratory, Circulatory, Digestive Systems – 90 minutes

At Aquarium: $200 for first or simultaneous; $185 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School:  $265 for first or simultaneous; $200 for second & additional sequential

Standards:
Grades 6-8:  Next Gen., LS1.A, LS1.C; CT Science, 7.2; Common Core, RST.6-8.1, WHST.6-8.9; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10.

 

Gallery Explorations (Grades 6-8)

In the company of an Aquarium educator, your students will see The Maritime Aquarium as never before. These themed, guided tours use the motivating power of the Aquarium’s animals, along with observational strategies for middle-school students, to bring grade-appropriate life science topics alive. Choose one focus for your exploration. One hour each.  Each includes live animals in the presentation.

NEW!  • Sound Ecosystems: Species & Food Chains of Long Island Sound

NEW!  • Marine Conservation: Sea Turtles, Jellies and Fish

At Aquarium: $120 for first or simultaneous; $110 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Neither is available as a Traveling Teacher program.

Standards:
Grades 6-8:  Next Gen., LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C, LS4.D, ETS1.B; CT Science, 6.2, 6.4.

 

Marine World Magnified (Grades 6-8)IMG 2268-copy

As amazing as the marine world is to the naked eye, there are amazing plants and animals that can only be seen with special tools. Students use microscopes and hand lenses to identify and observe different kinds of plankton and invertebrates, which may include barnacles, sea squirts, jellyfish larva, tunicates, brine shrimp and more. Then, they use math and language strategies to describe the scale of what they’ve seen. One hour.  Includes live animals in the presentation. Also available as a Traveling Teacher presentation at your school.

At Aquarium: $135 for first or simultaneous; $120 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential. Additional travel fees may apply. 

Standards:
Grades 6-8:  Next Gen., LS2.B, LS2.C; CT Science, 6.2; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 5, 6, 10.

 

 
 
 

The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound
and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment,
it achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

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