Marine Biology Anyone?

Okay, so we’re not formally studying marine biology this year, but we seem to be diverting this way quite a bit. The kids are really into it. Kind of hard not to do really, after all we do live on an island. That’s one of the many benefits of homeschooling; you get to explore your own interests!

Underwater RobotA couple of weeks ago was National Science & Technology Week. Last year we participated by visiting the Pacific Forestry Centre (another post). This year we attended a field trip at the Institute of Ocean Sciences. This proved to be a very interesting afternoon. It was one of those field trips that inspires kids to think about “When I grow up, I want to be…..” The kids learned about:

Earthquake ChartEarthquakes;how they occur, how we measure them, how to stay safe, how to avoid damage, how they are measured (just to name a few). By the way, we happen to live right on the fault line between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate. For more on this see my blogging friend, Katey’s, post here.

Under water robots;how they work & record information, how they help us predict weather, how they communicate to satellites.

Frozen gas hydrates; what they are, how they can provide energy, how they’re formed, where they’re found and much more.

Siesmic MonitorsThe field trip was led by scientists who worked in the centre and was far from dry. Though not geared for little kids, my 8 yo had no problem keeping up. It was very hands on and interactive for all the kids. They even got to simulate an earthquake (by jumping simultaneously) in order to see it register on the institutes seismometers; much to the children’s delight.

So if you’re needing a break from the science books, consider signing up for one of these field trips. Every child needs to connect their learning to different branches in their minds and this is a great way to do it. Your child will thank you for it!

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3 responses to “Marine Biology Anyone?

  1. Ohhhh, thanks for the linky love!

    BTW earthquakes fascinate me and so does the fact that we choose to live here!

  2. Oh, that looks like such a neat place! Wish I were somewhere near it.
    We had a blast learning marine biology very informally during our summer in Kodiak. It’s just so much more fun when you are surrounded by it all!
    I really enjoy your blog, btw!

  3. I love marine biology. I have been searching the web on deep ocean exploration for years. I wish I had the ability to go on a trip like the one you and your family went on. I have a deep concern for the animal life from shark to sponge. These animals and plants that live within the ocean have so much impact on us above the water—the “circle of life” is being threatened daily by deep ocean drilling and dredging. Keep teaching your children—the children are the hope and future of the earth and world as we know it. Everyone is so worried about the GOBAL ECONOMY but they forget that organizations like GREEN PEACE may save the planet. Remember oil tankers destroying animals, with large oil spills? The Green Peace folks helped to highlight the wrongs and make the oil companies responsible to clean up the mess.
    Anyhow, I do not have the amount of knowledge on marine biology as a scientist….I just love the world that God created and the creatures that he gave us to care for that live here with us!!! Take care!

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