(Rye, NH) Seacoast Science Center (SSC) is offering new virtual field trip programs and online resources designed to excite and engage students in learning about marine science and the natural world around them.
While SSC is not hosting group field trips on-site at this time due to safety concerns of the pandemic, the new resources are helping to break the barriers of travel and budget restrictions, making its programs accessible to more students and families than ever before.
Designed as introductions to fun ocean and coastal topics or precursors to in depth lessons, Take a Dip programs are 25 minute live virtual presentations. Topics include Restoring Reefs, Our Great Gulf of Maine: Animals and Adaptations, SSC Marine Mammal Rescue, Be the Solution to Ocean Pollution, Turtle Time, and Sharks and Rays.
SSC’s Take a Dive programs are more comprehensive learning packages that include a 45-minute live virtual program and a digital interactive extended learning module. Take a Dive programs include Explore the Rocky Shore and Whales, Seals, and Marine Mammal Rescue.
Virtual field trips are designed to be highly interactive, with the opportunity for teachers and students to ask questions throughout the program, are visually rich, fun and exciting. All programs are delivered straight to classrooms or student’s homes via a secure, gated connection.
SSC’s free online Teacher Learning Connection (TLC) was launched Spring 2020 to support educators who were suddenly faced with teaching remotely. Delivered in a choice board format, TLC’s activities and assessments include videos highlighting the NH coastal environment while addressing a selection of cross-cutting concepts, science and engineering practices, and literacy skills. Lesson topics include photosynthesis, food webs, adaptations, and tides and currents.
Your Learning Connection (YLC), provides less formal online learning opportunities for younger children. Published monthly and delivered directly to subscribers’ email inbox, YLC is packed with lessons, activities, and resources to support at-home learning, empower children to investigate nature, and help families find respite from today’s challenges. Lessons and activities inspire children to get outside, explore our ocean, engage in STEM activities, and get creative with art and nature.
To learn more about Seacoast Science Center’s virtual field trip options and free online resources visit www.seacoastsciencecenter.org.
The Seacoast Science Center is a non-profit institution dedicated to providing motivational education that inspires conservation of our Blue Planet. SSC accepts donations to support its Coastal Education Fund, making its paid programs available to those who would otherwise be unable to participate. Donations can be made online, by mail, or by contacting Nichole at [email protected] or 603-436-8043.
The Seacoast Science Center is located in Odiorne Point State Park, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH 03870.