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Exploring the World of Marine Science - Junior SPARK

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
July 20, 2015 - July 24, 20151M-F 8:30A-11:20A and T,TH 12:15-3:05POpenJennifer Kelly10134

Course Description

Students will learn the basics of estuarine ecology and environmental sciences through a variety of field exercises and data collection techniques. The one-week course will allow students to learn about Narragansett Bay in-depth by using Save The Bay’s waterfront Bay Center laboratory, classroom, shoreline and dock space, and from bay field trips aboard Save The Bay’s education vessels.

Serving as coastal ecologists, students will evaluate the overall health of Narragansett Bay after collecting data on topics that include habitat diversity, water quality, bay taxonomy and plankton ecology. This course is an introduction to the wide variety of marine biology, environmental science, and ecology classes that a student could taken in the future if they would like to gain more knowledge in this subject area.

By the end of this course students will be able to: use scientific instruments, explain 5 functions of a salt marsh, identify species throughout the rocky shore, sandy beach, and salt marsh, understand how biotic/abiotic factors affect where organisms live, identify invasive species, conduct shoreline surveys, describe what water quality is and how it affects life in and around Narragansett Bay, explain eutrophication and its affect on water quality, name the two types of plankton and why they’re important, identify plankton species, understand topographical maps, explain the concept of a watershed, and describe how human land development affects Narragansett Bay.

*This Junior SPARK course is designed for students, 12 years and older, who are currently in the 6th and 7th grades (entering 7th and 8th grades Fall 2015). Older students are encouraged to register for our Senior SPARK courses.