On January 15, 2014, Boulan Park sixth graders traveled virtually to Sarasota, Florida, through a videoconference called “Snack Attack” with MOTE Marine Laboratory (www.mote.org). The Sea Trek Project “brings high-energy, multimedia science programming right into the classroom using videoconferencing and Internet technology.”
In the BPMS media center, students interacted with a representative from Sea Trek and watched a shark feeding in the tank at the laboratory from an underwater camera. They also learned about different kinds of sharks and how important sharks are to the food chain.The representative asked students questions as she narrated what the biologists and scientists were doing as they were training and feeding the sharks. At the end, several students were able to ask questions that they had prepared beforehand and get answers to their shark-related questions.
For more information on the Sea Trek Project, visit http://www.seatrek.org/ivc/index.html#1E_sharks.
Mrs. Christina Chatel, MLIS
A teacher librarian at Boulan Park and Smith Middle Schools in Troy, Michigan.