Summer SAVY 2017, Session 3/Day 1- Science of the Sea (Rising 2nd/3rd)
We dove right into Science of the Sea today and got practice using microscopes to see various aquatic microorganisms. We learned how to identify individual cells in a seaweed or algae specimen and were able to see some protists, which are almost as tiny as bacteria! It takes many years to become a skilled microscopist, and I was very impressed with the students’ ability to focus samples well on their own.
We also discussed the scientific method and the ways that all different types of science play a role in the Science of the Sea (chemistry of the water molecules, physics of the deep deep oceans, organismal biology found in ecosystems, etc.). We classified organisms as salt water dwelling and freshwater dwelling. We also learned about what different types of marine ecosystems exist. We will learn more about classification of organisms and microorganisms tomorrow as we tour a lab at Vanderbilt that studies Zebrafish!