Following an educational program from material from NOAA, the US EPA and the NC Coastal Federation, the students fished for crabs, net-fished for plankton and then studied their findings in the lab. Elementary teachers JoAnn Rubin and Brittany Rodriguez assisted the onsite educators and seven parent chaperones accompanied the students.
Parent and chaperone, Patricia Berge, agreed. "It was fascinating to see students' expressions as they discovered different types of plankton under the microscopes,” she said. As a high school science teacher, Ms. Berge had a unique perspective into the curriculum. “This type of experience allowed them to be genuinely engaged in their learning.”
The field trip also included a history hay ride around historic Fort Caswell as well as a lesson on the phases of the moon--complete with Oreo cookies to demonstrate.