November 14-18, 2016 marked the second year for Google’s Field Trip days held at Georgia Aquarium. This week-long event served 3,600 6-8th grade students from Title I schools in 17 Georgia counties, focusing on STEAM education and career opportunities. When looking for schools to reach out to, we specifically looked for school districts and students who had never been to the aquarium before. We decided on the theme “Aquarium GO”, a play on Pokemon Go, and created a game board and badges for students to earn by completing activities at stations around the aquarium.
I had the opportunity to create three activity stations for Google Field Trip Week, and I decided to focus on Math, Technology, and Art.
For Math, I updated a previously existing program called Turtle Tracking.
In this activity, students were asked to:
- Read Tracking Sea Turtle Migration sheet.
- Choose a turtle to track and pick up a worksheet.
- Identify their turtle and species.
- Plot all locations using all coordinates provided
- Complete remaining questions on worksheet.
- _________________________ (turtle name) traveled a total of ______________________ miles in ____________________ recorded movements after release.
- What is the average distance traveled by your turtle between satellite transmissions?
- Note: to calculate the average distance, divide the number of miles by the number of points plotted. Round your answer to the nearest whole number.
This math activity station was a huge success, receiving well over 180 students each day!
For Technology, we utilized information from NOAA to create ROV Tracking.
In this activity, students chose a blue card with a “mission” or task to complete. After reading their job, they needed to pick the correct Remote Operated Vehicle to complete that job for them. Each ROV has strengths and weaknesses, and some ROVs could do more than one job.
This station was one of the best attended, and received well over 225 students each day!
The final station I worked on was Art, and we utilized the interpretation team that is staffed in front of our Southern Sea Otter exhibit by providing them with talking points regarding the art of exhibit design.
Students were encouraged to “think like a curator and learn what it takes to create a successful and beautiful habitat where art meets science”.
Overall, I feel that both the activities and week were successful. We received some wonderful feedback from the students, many of whom were now interested in a STEAM career who were not prior to their field trip.