This year, students in Cincinnati, Ohio walk into their classroom to find a surprise waiting for them: a brightly lit nano tank teeming with invertebrates and fish, a table full of ocean artifacts they can touch, and an interactive presentation that brings a coral reef into their Midwestern school.
Elementary teacher Brandon Rutherford created a student lead coral reef program at his school. He shares secrets for using fish tanks and reef aquariums in classrooms to teach science.
Teachers learn how jellyfish in the classroom can be a powerful tool to inspire curiosity in students and meet science learning standards
Should science be taught to young children? One teacher argues that it is important for the academic and social development of children.
My students learned the first lesson of aquarium keeping: that aquarists are in total control over the life inside their tanks. It was immediately apparent that an adult wouldn’t step into help them and the future of the living things in the aquarium depended on them. With time, the care they took to keep the fish alive and happy started to transfer to how they treated others and, later, themselves.