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Hands on the Invertebrate! 

Biology classes traveled to Groton, Connecticut for our annual field trip to explore the Long Island Sound with Project Oceanology. Despite predictions of snow and cold temperatures for the first day of November, it was a spectacular fall day with temperatures in the upper 60’s.

On Project O’s research vessel, students engaged in a wide variety of activities: marine organisms were captured using an otter trawl and plankton nets and identified using dichotomous keys, students learned how to use a Van Dorn Bottle to collect water samples from different depths which was then tested chemically for changes in the physical and chemical parameters. In Project O’s labs, plankton samples from different sampling sites was examined and compared under microscope. Students also engaged in a STEM engineering challenge where they learned about water purification and then designed and tested their own devices.

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