Live: Five Day Virtual Sea Camp (August 17th to 21st, 2020)

Enjoy a full five day virtual sea camp experience with seven fun and educational live interactive labs!
PRICE
$115.00

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August 17, 2020 - 2:00 pm

End

August 21, 2020 - 9:00 am

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1) The Scientific Method and Field Journal

Field Journal orientation course teaches the steps of the scientific method. This course is foundational for all of our labs and activities. Students learn how to keep a field journal for each VCS lab as well as for everyday use in their own field science observations. Data charts, hypothesis formation, theories and conclusions are all part of the Scientific Method and the Field Journal experience (see full description and curriculum standards).

Date: August 17th, 2020
Time: 2:00PM (Pacific Time)
Duration: 50-60 minutes

2) Marine Vertebrates 1 (Fish Lab)

Virtual Sea Camps fish lab gives  students a basic understanding of how to identify fish by looking at specific distinguishing features.  They learn about the  three different classes of fish with emphasis on bony fish.

Representations of several different species from small intertidal fish to the giant sea bass will enable them to observe a variety of fish. Students will make a hypothesis through observations made during the virtual field portion of the class. As they proceed through the steps of the scientific method using their findings they will develop a theory and conclusion (see full description and curriculum standards).

Date: August 17th, 2020
Time: 3:00PM (Pacific Time)
Duration: 75-90 minutes.

3) Coastal Bird Lab

Students will learn about what makes a bird different from any other animal as well as gain an understanding of the four categories of coastal birds during the lecture portion of the class. VSC Bird lab will take students virtually into the field with  one of our marine scientists. They will present birds in their natural habitat  to demonstrate their behaviors and characteristics. Students are encouraged to use the scientific method to gain a deeper understanding of coastal birds through analyzing their data (see full description and curriculum standards).

Date: August 18th, 2020
Time: 2:30PM (Pacific Time)
Duration: 75-90 minutes

4) Marine Invertebrates Lab

Marine invertebrate VCS lab teaches students about the classification system with special attention to the four most common phyla of temperate marine species and their characteristics. Students engage with one of our marine science instructors to explore VSC aquariums and touch tanks learning important features and interesting facts about common marine species along the southern California coast.

As we venture out together on snorkel and scuba tours students find and identify various marine invertebrates in their natural habitats.  They will learn how to classify invertebrates according to the common characteristics shared by their phylum. The steps of the scientific method are followed in an engaging manner enabling students to form a theory and conclusion based on data collected during this lab (see full description and curriculum standards).

Date: August 19th, 2020
Time: 9:00AM (Pacific Time)
Duration: 75-90 minutes

5) Natural History of Marine Mammals

Marine mammals VSC lab it’s an exciting course where students venture with our marine science instructors to get up close and personal with whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions.

Students gain an understanding of how to classify and identify various species of cetaceans and pinnipeds. They discover the migration routes of gray whales, they’re feeding and breeding behaviors as well as interesting and fun facts about these friendly whales. Discussion regarding marine mammal conservation issues imparts information students can do from home to help with efforts to save whales and dolphins (see full description and curriculum standards).

Date: August 19th, 2020
Time: 11:00AM (Pacific Time)
Duration: 75-90 minutes

6) Marine Vertebrates 2 (Shark Lab)

Virtual Sea Camps sharks and rays lab is an exciting course. Alongside our marine field scientists you get up close and personal with several species of sharks and rays, ranging from the small 3 foot horn sharks to the giant 30 foot whale sharks. They learn about the three different classes of fish with emphasis on cartilaginous fish from the class Chondrichthyes. Students gain a basic understanding of how to identify these fish by looking at specific distinguishing features.

Through virtual underwater snorkel and scuba experiences students learn how to observe various sharks and rays and develop a hypothesis. As they proceed through the steps of the scientific method using their findings they will develop a theory and conclusion (see full description and curriculum standards).

Date: August 20th, 2020
Time: 10:00AM (Pacific Time)
Duration: 75-90 minutes

7) Plankton Lab

VSC’s Plankton Lab imparts an understanding of the many vital aspects of plankton. Virtual Sea Camp students learn about the three types of plankton; zooplankton, phytoplankton and dinoflagellates as well as the two sub categories. The lecture portion also teaches about the life cycle, limiting factors, place in the food chain as well as the importance plankton plays in the marine environment and the world.

Students embark with VSC marine scientists on one of our research vessels to discover what they can find in the plankton tows. Hypotheses are made while students walk through the steps of the scientific method (see full description and curriculum standards).

Date: August 21st, 2020
Time: 9:00AM (Pacific Time)
Duration: 75-90 minutes

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