Saturday, May 6, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free with admission. Free for Members.
What’s the difference between the sand in your local beach and sand coming from halfway around the world? Join us for a special, beach-themed, Family Learning Workshop and find out!
In this workshop, parents and children will initially work separately, and then will come back together to share what they have absorbed. Parents will hear about the new Next Generation Science Standards and do an activity looking at various sands, to learn about the importance of detailed observations and how to facilitate these same careful observations with their children.
Meanwhile, the children will be having their own fun, and when students and parents get back together, families will be given a mystery sand and questions to solve through careful observation.
NGSS Discussion for Grades 2–5
Activity 1: Beach Bucket Scavenger Hunt
In this activity, students are introduced to the vastness of our planet’s ocean and to the characteristics of one type of shoreline we call a beach. They work in small cooperative groups to explore a simulated sandy beach in a plastic tub that is littered with beach drift and debris. Through a sorting activity, they discover that biotic objects found on the sandy beach can be grouped into those that represent evidence of plant life, evidence of animal life, and evidence of humans. They discover the differences between abiotic and biotic objects.
Activity 2: Sand on Stage
Students use hand lenses or microscopes to compare the color, size, and shape of several sand samples. They then use rock and mineral kits as well as magnets to perform tests to guess about the origin and composition of their sample. They record their findings on a student sheet and then draw a sequence of pictures of how the sand they examined might have been formed and what the beach possibly looked like where it was collected.
From an early age, Sarah Pedemonte knew she wanted to be connected to the ocean. She studied Marine Biology at University College of North Wales and received her master’s degree from the University of Stirling, Scotland, in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management. She then pursued a career in fish farming that emphasized sustainability. She worked in Ireland, Israel, Bangladesh, Australia, the Bahamas, and Thailand, for government groups and in private industry, transferring research-based understandings to grassroots oyster, shrimp, and fish farmers. Sarah began to promote the importance of preserving the ocean and its resources through informal education while living in Belize. She began working with the nongovernment organizations Oceanic Society and the Planetary Coral Reef Foundation, which were partnering with Belizean fisheries officers to create Marine Protected Areas. Sarah became a certified scuba instructor and taught both coral reef ecology and conservation.