MSC In Your Classroom

Northeastern’s Marine Science Center Outreach Program staff are available to deliver in-class programs in neighboring school districts. These experiences typically involve introducing students to live animals from the local rocky shore. Contact Carole McCauley at c.mccauley@neu.edu with any questions, or complete the registration form for the program.

Description

Our classroom visits cover an introduction to the rocky beach ecosystem and organisms. The instructor will lead students through a discussion of basic classification, while explaining special characteristics and adaptations of major groups of common marine invertebrates. Students will then spend time at touch tanks housing various rocky shore marine life. Students are taught proper handling technique and are invited to handle the animals. A brief wrap-up discussion and/or activity will emphasize the concepts learned in the program.

We are able to adjust program toward specific focus (i.e. coastal habitats, living vs. non-living, ecosystems, adaptations, etc). In-class programs typically run for 40-50 minutes, and can be tailored to your school period schedule.

The maximum class size is 30 students in grades K-12 and 18 students in PreK settings. Back-to-back sessions for multiple classes are the norm, and there is a 2-program minimum for these visits.

Schedule and Fees

The cost is $100 per half hour with a 1.5-hour minimum. The duration of each class is flexible; options include:

  • 20 minutes – touch tanks only
  • 30 minutes – touch tanks + overview of classification/categories of animals
  • 40 minutes – touch tanks + overview of classification/categories of animals + food web activity

Requirements

We require space and accessibility for our teaching materials, which include pails of salt water that will be wheeled in on a cart. Your space must be able to accommodate minor accidental spills, and will ideally have ramps/elevators for our wheeled cart. We will set up our travelling touch tanks either on the floor or on tables, depending on the age of the audience.

This program is only available for schools local (10 mile radius) to the MSC.

Cost & How to Pay

You will be invoiced after-the-fact for outreach programs, but in the event that you choose to pay in advance, please note that all checks must be made payable to NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY.

Register

To request a program, please fill out the contact form. A member of our team will be in contact with you with additional instructions and paperwork.