Tom Ekman, Lead Sciences Teacher at The Sierra School
The Sierra School’s young scientists embarked on a vast sea voyage this semester, exploring the history of ocean exploration, the characteristics of our oceans, and modern concepts of oceanography. Students will bring their growing knowledge of ocean science to the capstone event at the end of the semester: a 4-day exploration of Cabo Pulmo in BCS, the “world’s aquarium”!
In labs, students are taking advantage of Sierra School’s unparalled environment to study first-hand arroyos (dry washes), lagoons, dune systems, and ocean waves. In addition to mapping, students are developing their skills as ecologists by compiling a classic, naturalist’s logbook.
Students are demonstrating impressive growth in the granularity and sophistication of their sketchings/models, and their ability to enhance their recording with text-based observations. Most importantly, students are seeing that when they stop, look and listen, they are surrounded by one of the most impressive natural environment’s on the planet.
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