Earlier this month, the CBFS Marketing Interns accompanied a homeschooling group during their 3-day experience at the Field Station. In addition to taking pictures, they talked to mother and son Bette and Dominic about their experience.
Intern: What have you done since you've been at the station?
Dominic: We went to the lab first!
Bette: That's right, we had boat training. Thursday we went on the boat in the morning, and in the afternoon we did Intertidal.
Intern: And then you had your Organism Lab and then Dunes, right?
Bette: That's right.
Intern: What were your favorite parts?
Dominic: Trawling. Trawling on the boat.
Bette: I liked the lab time and the organism lab, and learning to identify everything.
Intern: What was the coolest thing you caught while trawling?
Dominic: A squid. It felt squishy.
Intern: What did you identify in the organism lab?
Bette: We ended up with two sea lettuces at first, which weren't that exciting, but we had some worms that followed and we weren't able to identify them because they were so small!
Intern: How did you find out about the Field Station and this program?
Bette: Probably from a homeschool email group? I've been here before. This is my second time. I came with my oldest son several years back.
Intern: Oh! Well then why do you like coming here?
Bette: The hands on learning. It's priceless.
Intern: Is there something that happened that you didn't expect?
Dominic: Catching a glowing jelly!
Bette: Yeah, it was bioluminescent.
Intern: Oh, you guys caught a ctenophore? That's awesome!
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We recently learned about a very talented young scientist who has designed an experiment to investigate ocean acidification - something that we are deeply passionate about here at CBFS. Randy Bowman is an eleven-year-old student from Virginia who has attended a number of our summer camp and homeschool programs over the past few years. This spring, he designed an experiment which was accepted into NASA's Cubes in Space program that was launched on June 25th. Not only did Randy come up with some interesting results, but his project was awarded "Best Design" and he will have the opportunity to send a related experiment in a weather balloon in the second phase of the project. Randy joined us for Focus on Fish summer camp this past week and we caught up with him to learn more about his project. Listen to Randy talk a bit about his experiment in the video below and be sure to check out his blog!
Our Road Scholars braved the cold to gather materials to create a series of coiled baskets. They visited Wallops Island to collect cordgrass and oyster shells. Most of the time they were busy coiling in the warm Education Center! The technique used is similar to that used to construct pine needle baskets which is a Native American basketry form.
Yesterday CBFS staff woke up to nearly eight inches of fresh fallen snow on our campus. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Eastern Shore of Virginia, we should preface this with the fact that even an inch of snow here closes all schools, businesses, and prohibits travel on most roadways. The Shore essentially shuts down and an official snow day is called.
At CBFS, however, things don't stop for a little precipitation! By 7AM our Education Team (who live on site) could be found shoveling and salting the sidewalks, cooking up a delicious breakfast, and preparing for a full-day of programming! We had two fabulous groups in house this week - Road Scholar Coastal Basketry and the Winter Coastal Ecology Homeschool program. While schedules were slightly altered to ensure safety, we're pretty sure that both groups had an enjoyable time and learned a lot!
Homeschoolers got the full "winter" experience with all the snow during their Winter Coastal Ecology program.
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