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  • Writer's pictureKimberly Belfer

Fall STEAM Ahead

As the school year has begun local schools, we are putting our best fins forward and swimming upstream with our Watershed Walkabout program. Already on the calendar is a wonderful partnership with Cape Fear Academy, a private K-12 school in Wilmington. We are set for ten weeks of marine science activities with their 3rd-5th grade afterschool ACE program. So far, we've talked turtle, demonstrated sea life rescue techniques, and created a salt marsh food web. We're so honored to be working with and educating eight interested and excited young budding marine biologists!

We'll be back at College Park Elementary School this month, teaching about different geographical sands and whether sand originates from the land or from the sea. With this same activity, we'll be visiting a new school, Pine Valley Elementary. We'll be back down in Brunswick County in November with our runoff pollution activity. This one requires good weather, as we take students outside to demonstrate how water use and pollution can hinder the cycling of water in a town over time.

Our first of two Girl Scout programs is also this month. We'll be working with Daisies, the littlest scouts, to help them secure their full Eco Learner badge. Our second activity will come in February with Brownies, to help them towards achieving their Journey: WOW! Wonders of Water badge.

As we continue to recruit for fall STEAM programs, we encourage teachers to check out our updated listing of activities and contact us through the website: for Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender Counties, and for Onslow County. We are available throughout the school year and we hope schools take full advantage of our time in the upcoming weeks, as spring fills up quickly.

In the meantime, we are continuing to build on our activities and enhance them with fun props, biofacts, artifacts, and toys. We've been busy buying stuffed animals for our fish and turtle activities, putting together new spinners for our water cycle game, and prepping our sea jellies crafts, all in anticipation of filling up our calendar with schools we've been to, new schools to add to our roster, and students we've educated before and can't wait to educate again.

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