Ocean Lab

PROGRAM THEMES

 

Students learn from marine biologists how to think like scientists, brainstorm with their classmates, and make detailed observations by examining organisms from the rocky intertidal ecosystem. During an Ocean Lab program, students apply the scientific method and use tools such as identification keys and a squid dissection to explore five phyla of marine animals: Arthropoda, Mollusca, Cnidaria, Echinodermata, and Chordata*. As they learn about these creatures and their ecology, students are inspired to respect and protect local marine ecosystems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ocean Lab program can be adapted to different grade levels to cover basic concepts or more advanced content depending on your class needs. Although designed to stand alone, this program is an excellent supplement to field study programs such as our Discovery Voyage or Tidepool Expedition.

A modified Ocean Lab is also offered as an Inland Voyage—a program for which live animals are brought into the classroom (this excludes the squid dissection).

 

*For more information about these phyla and about this program, please review the Teacher’s Guide

Ocean Lab Pricing:

At MSI

2.5 hour program (5 stations) 

Up to 30 students -- 3 instructors -- $470*

31 to 45 students -- 4 instructors -- $570*

46 to 60 students -- 5 instructors -- $670*

 

At school 

2.5 hour program (5 stations)

Up to 30 students -- 3 instructors -- $470* + $1.50/mile

31 to 45 students -- 4 instructors -- $570* + $1.50/mile

 

*Sliding scale available depending on need

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4th and up 

HUMAN IMPACT
HUMAN IMPACT

Human impact on the environment includes impacts on biophysical, biodiversity, and other resources.

BIODIVERSITY
BIODIVERSITY

BIODIVERSITY is the variety of life in a particular habitat/ecosystem.

FOOD WEB
FOOD WEB

Food Web is a series of organisms related by predator-prey and consumer-resource interactions. A system of interlocking food chains.

SCIENTIFIC METHOD
SCIENTIFIC METHOD

Scientific Method consists of principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.

ADAPTATION
ADAPTATION

Adaptation is Physical or Behavioral changes that helps one survive in their environment.

Ocean Lab Program Forms and Information 

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