Hands-on Learning at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Hands-on Learning at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

By Isha Trivedi '19

Students in AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, and Biology 2 classes recently visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a part of the experiential learning aspect of these classes. Each class was able to find connections to their class content, from evolution and anatomy to the different endangered species and ocean preservation. Students had the opportunity to watch a deep sea fish feeding and a live sea otter exhibit and interact with various starfish and other types of fish. Many of the exhibits at the aquarium are interactive, allowing students to gain a better understanding of the way the different aquatic biomes function and how they influence our lives as humans. 

As part of the hands-on education at the aquarium, students conducted chemistry experiments and observations on various sea organisms to see how global warming has changed their environment. During this lesson, students had the opportunity to pet and interact with abalones and sea urchins and to learn more about their habitats and the way they fit into the aquatic food chain. 

Overall, the Monterey field trip gave students an opportunity to see a more visual and concrete representation of the effects of global warming and climate change, and to also learn more ways to live sustainably in our constantly changing environment.