Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas Deploys Ocean First Education’s Marine Science 101 for Summer Program
We were looking for ways to integrate current Marine Biology topics and events into the curriculum and also were looking for the right resource,” said Todd Gruninger, science department chair. “The Ocean First Education curriculum is great because it allows us to assign relevant reading to the students and has great activities we can adapt to the classroom.”
Forty high school students attending the Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas today begin two weeks of engagement with Ocean First Education’s Marine Science 101 curriculum in preparation for a trip to the British Virgin Islands, where the students will work on ongoing projects with turtle tagging and reef conservation.
Students will spend three hours each day through June 24 working with Ocean First Education curriculum and other activities and labs generated by Jesuit Dallas faculty. The students will earn half a science credit. The summer work fits with the school’s current offerings of Marine Biology 1 and Marine Biology 2.
“We were looking for ways to integrate current marine biology topics and events into the curriculum and also were looking for the right resource,” said Todd Gruninger, science department chair. “The Ocean First Education curriculum is great because it allows us to assign relevant reading to the students and has great activities we can adapt to the classroom.”
The school used the curriculum recently as well and Gruninger said that Ocean First Education curriculum led students to think “more scientifically and globally.” Students, he said, are “asking deeper questions that demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationships with the ocean, marine life and human activities.”
Following the two weeks of classroom study, the students will travel to the British Virgin Islands for diving, snorkeling and involvement in further ocean research and study.
About Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas
Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas (Jesuit Dallas) was founded in 1942 as a private Catholic institution for young men under the direction of the Society of Jesus. Located on a 27-acre campus in North Dallas, the school provides a rigorous student-centered Jesuit education to approximately 1,100 students in grades 9-12 with a 9:1 student-teacher ratio. The faculty totals over 125 professionals consisting of Jesuit priests and lay men and women. For more information, visit https://www.jesuitcp.org/.
About Ocean First Education
Founded in 2008 and based in Boulder, Colorado, Ocean First Education provides innovative and dynamic digital marine science curricula for K-12. Our team of educators, scientists and researchers are committed to increasing awareness of marine environments and engaging students through interactive experiences. Ocean First Education is grounded in its mission to inspire our students, teachers and community to become stewards of the sea. For more information, visit www.OceanFirstEducation.com.
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