Middle School Programs

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Click on the image at right to view our entire 2017-18 Educational Programs brochure. To download the brochure as a PDF click here.

 


Water Pollution (Grades 5-7)

Long Island Sound and its watershed provide a perfect opportunity to explore human impacts on aquatic ecosystems. Students share their knowledge about sources of pollution and then "pollute" a watershed model to demonstrate how pollutants travel and where they end up. They also discuss strategies for cleaning up the pollution that makes its way to the Sound, and identify ways everyone can contribute to that effort! One hour. Also available as a Traveling Teacher presentation at your school.

At Aquarium: $135 for first or simultaneous; $120 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential. Add’l travel fees may apply.

Standards:

  • Grade 5: Next Gen., ESS3.C
  • Grade 6: Next Gen., ESS2.C, ESS3.A; CT Science, 6.2, 6.4; Common Core, SL.4.1; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 3, 8, 9, 10.
  • Grade 7: Next Gen., ESS2.C, ESS3.A; CT Science, 7.3; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 3, 8. 9. 10.
 

Exploring Systems (Grades 6-8)
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What are the essential parts of the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems? How do they work together to accomplish the body’s essential functions? In these comparative-anatomy programs, students are guided in a focused fish dissection. They think not only about how these systems operate in fish, but compare them to their analogous systems in humans. Take each program separately, or combine them for a 90-minute lab. Fee charged for extra specimens. All also are available as Traveling Teacher presentations at your school.

  • Respiratory and Circulatory Systems – 1 hour
    • At Aquarium: $145 for first or simultaneous; $130 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.
    • Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential
  • Digestive System – 45 minutes
    • At Aquarium: $145 for first or simultaneous; $130 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.
    • Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential
  • Respiratory, Circulatory, Digestive Systems – 90 minutes
    • At Aquarium: $225 for first or simultaneous; $200 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.
    • Traveling Teacher at Your School: $265 for first or simultaneous; $200 for second & additional sequential

Standards: Grades 6-8: Next Gen., LS1.A, LS1.C; CT Science, 7.2; Common Core, RST.6-8.1, WHST.6-8.9, RI.6.7, W.6.9, W.7.9, W.8.9; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10.


Gallery Explorations (Grades 6-8)

In the company of an Aquarium educator, your students see The Maritime Aquarium as never before. This themed, guided tour uses the motivating power of the Aquarium’s animals, along with observational strategies for middle-school students, to bring grade-appropriate life science topics alive. One hour. Please note: from April through June, Gallery Explorations are offered only before 10 a.m. and after 1 p.m.

  • Sound Ecosystems: Species & Food Chains of Long Island Sound
    • At Aquarium: $120 for first or simultaneous; $110 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission. Not available as a Traveling Teacher program.
    • Standards: Grades 6-8: Next Gen., LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C; Common Core, SL.6.1, SSL.7.1, SL.8.1 CT Science, 6.2, 6.4.

Sound Resilience: Get On Board! (Grades 6-12)

Hurricanes and nor’easters, floods and sea level rise, coastal erosion and winter storms – these are the environmental threats that are most familiar to residents of coastal Connecticut and New York. This new program, funded through a three-year grant from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), provides the opportunity for middle- and high-school students to delve into these local environmental threats: how scientists study them, how urban planners and emergency management officials respond, and how we as citizens can contribute to the process.
The program consists of three sessions: two in your classroom and one on Long Island Sound aboard the Aquarium’s hybrid-electric research vessel, where students will collect environmental data and survey the coastline from the water.
An exploration of urgent real-world issues linking science and citizenship, this new program provides an unprecedented opportunity for students to learn how the work of scientists is relevant to their everyday lives.

  • Sessions 1 and 3: 1 hour each in your classroom
  • Session 2: 2.5-hour cruise on the Aquarium’s research vessel

Thanks to grant funding, FREE for schools in these communities: Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Weston, Fairfield, Bridgeport and Stratford
Cost for schools in communities other than the 11 above: $1,100 for three sessions. Please contact us about possible financial assistance.
For more information about “Sound Resilience: Get on Board!” and how to register your class,
email education@maritimeaquarium.org or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2270.


Field Programs

Explore the marine life at a local beach! Learn more.


Study Cruises (by charter):

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Cruises take place aboard The Maritime Aquarium's unique R/V Spirit of the Sound, a 64-foot catamaran that is the country's first research vessel with hybrid-electric propulsion. She's bigger, greener and quieter than our previous boat.

Undersea Ecosystems (Grades 6-8)

April-June and September-November: 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. weekends. July & August: 9 a.m. daily.
Focus on examining the diets and interrelationships of Long Island Sound animals. Students utilize such sampling techniques as a plankton tow, biodredge, and trawl net that may bring up fish, crabs, squid, mollusks and more. A video-microscope (tied to a large flat-screen monitor) and a touch tank on board enhance observations.

Cost for any cruise: $850 for up to 40 participants. Additional Aquarium admission is optional.
Standards: Grades 6-8: Next Gen., LS1.B, LS1.C, ESS2.C; Common Core, L.6-8.1, 7.SP.A.1

Cruises can occur in rain, cold and wind, and are canceled only if conditions are dangerous. Please dress accordingly!

All observations made on study cruises are recorded. This data is part of an ongoing student-based research project called the Long Island Sound Biodiversity Study.

 


Financial Assistance

Need financial assistance? Download the Group Financial-aid Form and either email it to reservations@maritimeaquarium.org or mail to: The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854; or fax it to: (203) 852-8892.

Our Mission

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

Contact Us

Open Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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