It was back to school for Asta and Andrew as they completed their Small Vessel Operator's Proficiency (SVOP) and Radio Operator's Certification (ROC-MC). Being back on the other side of the desk gave us some interesting perspectives on teaching, and some cool ideas to incorporate into the classroom!
Here's a neat way to use the real world example of Radar Horizon to teach algebraic equations using radicals!
Asta does it again! Check out this awesome article from Cruising World about Asta's "One Water Story" expedition across the Great Lakes and how she got everyday people involved in important scientific research!
Asta loves exploring and studying the exciting world under the sea. Each week, she will attempt to learn and answer her reader's most burning marine science questions, and provide some resources that help turn the question into a lesson plan! This week, she delves into the world of the prickly pinnipeds, to answer a reader's question:
"Why do Seals need Whiskers? What do they do with them?" -Sam, Age 10
Click on the Seal's whiskers or go to our Marine Science Blog to view Asta's newest blog entry!
I've recently come across an outstanding resource for teachers! Author Jaime Bastedo has written a book called "On thin ice: Polar Bears in a Climate of Change". The book is a novel for teens which weaves mystery and Inuit culture with the spirituality of a fearsome top predator against the backdrop of a changing Arctic landscape. The murder mystery delves into the spiritual realm and also highlights the challenges and realities of global climate change.
The most interesting (and useful) aspects of Jaime's work are the teacher resources that accompany the book; there are lesson plans including pre-reading and post-reading activities and an excellent resource list. The resource list includes over 20 different websites for teachers that are would be an great starting point for an entire unit on climate change, regardless of the subject that you teach!
I would highly recommend checking out the website: www.onthinice.ca and having a look at the lessons and comprehensive resource list!
In Asta's latest article she interviews Dr. Marina Fastigi Co-Founder of the YWF-KIDO Foundation. This is an animal rehabilitation centre and sea turtle nesting research facility in Carriacou where Asta volunteered for 9 weeks. Check out the article to learn more about their work!
The holiday season is upon us, so we've decided to hand out some prezzies! Every day for the next twelve days we will be posting a new marine creature with a photo and description! It's like a chocolate calendar filled with fish, crabs and strange creatures beyond your wildest dreams!... Okay, well that doesn't sound that appealing, but I'm sure you'll love all the photos that we took while volunteering at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre! Enjoy!
Today I came across this amazing website built by the students of Vic HIgh's Biology and Marine Biology 11 classes. It is a index of local marine creatures with scientific names, habitat, behaviour and more! It is a great resource for anyone interested in coastal biology, especially if you live in BC!
Well done to Mr. David Young and his Students!
About Vic High Marine: "Victoria High School is located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and is the oldest public high school west of Winnipeg and north of San Francisco. Victoria High School began to create a marine biology program after receiving a generous grant from the Mitchell Odyssey Foundation in 2007."
"We have a 90 gallon insulated aquarium that sits in a touch table... from the Seaquaria in Schools program. Specimens are collected from the waters around Victoria and are provided through Westwind Sealab Supplies and the Seaquaria in Schools program.
The high school students in the Biology and Marine Biology 11 program have created the original content on the web pages including text, photos, video, and artwork..."
Check out this great video with our friend Leah Thorpe! Leah has been working to protect Orca whales from boaters for a number of years with the Straighwatch, part of the Cetus Research and Conservation Society.
In this interview on Shaw TV, Leah discusses the Straightwatch program, the importance of protecting Orcas and the difficulties faced by the organization.
It's been a busy week at LiteraSea.ca! We've finished our volunteer orientation at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre! It was fun to get to know how the aquarium works and meet all the animals! SODC has over 1000 animals and 250 species including a Giant Pacific Octopus and their newest addition the Ratfish!
After our final orientation session we hopped the bus from Sidney over to Vancouver so Asta could present her Masters of Professional Science defence! Well, almost.. This was a practice run for friends, family and interested scientists. The talk was held in the Science theatre at Science World last night and was well attended. The audience members had some great questions and insights into the problem of plastic pollution and the integration of citizen science!
Today Asta flies down to the US for her actual Masters Defence at the University of Miami! Wish her luck! By December 19th we hope to see her crossing the stage to receive her diploma after 2 years of intense study! Way to go Asta!