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!
A 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:
Earthquakes;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.
The 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!