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Explore Science Day

Saint​ ​Stanislaus​ ​recently​ ​hosted​ ​its​ ​first​ ​ever​ ​Explore​ ​Science​ ​Day,​ ​inviting​ ​and allowing​ ​fifth​ ​grade​ ​students​ ​from​ ​local​ ​Catholic​ ​and​ ​Christian​ ​elementary​ ​schools​ ​an opportunity​ ​to​ ​use​ ​the​ ​expertise​ ​and​ ​facilities​ ​of​ ​both​ ​the​ Saint ​Stanislaus​ ​STEM​ ​and​ ​Marine​ ​Science programs.

Over​ ​100​ ​fifth​ ​graders,​ ​girls​ ​and​ ​boys,​ ​from​ ​Holy​ ​Trinity,​ ​Coast​ ​Episcopal,​ ​St.​ ​Vincent​ ​de Paul,​ ​and​ ​St.​ ​Charles​ ​Borromeo​ ​in​ ​Picayune,​ ​spent​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​day​ ​on​ ​the ​Saint ​Stanislaus​ ​campus working​ ​with​ Saint ​Stanislaus​ ​teachers,​ ​Marine​ ​Science​ ​student​ ​interns,​ ​and​ ​high​ ​school​ ​STEM students,​ ​on​ ​many​ ​hands-on​ ​activities.

In​ ​the​ ​Marine​ ​Science​ ​component​ ​of​ ​the​ ​day,​ ​Saint​ ​Stanislaus​ ​and​ ​Our​ ​Lady​ ​Academy Marine​ ​Science​ ​interns​ ​led​ ​the​ ​students​ ​in​ ​teams​ ​through​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of​ ​seven​ ​stations,​ ​each devoted​ ​to​ ​a​ ​specific​ ​aspect​ ​of​ ​marine​ ​science​ ​study.​ ​The​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​this​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​day​ ​was​ ​to immerse​ ​the​ ​young​ ​students​ ​into​ ​the​ ​active​ ​study​ ​of​ ​the​ ​aquaculture​ ​that​ ​is​ ​our​ ​coastal​ ​home. Students​ ​prepared​ ​oyster​ ​gardens​ ​for​ ​an​ ​ecosystem​ ​experiment,​ ​examined​ ​recently​ ​collected phytoplankton​ ​and​ ​zooplankton​ ​samples​ ​under​ ​microscopes,​ ​conducted​ ​water​ ​quality​ ​tests, observed​ ​various​ ​marine​ ​animal​ ​dissections,​ ​made​ ​their​ ​own​ ​fish​ ​prints,​ ​observed​ ​live​ ​ROV footage​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Gulf​ ​of​ ​Mexico​ ​from​ ​NOAA’s​ ​ship​ ​​Okeanos Explorer,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​learned​ ​about​ ​the marine​ ​science​ ​lab’s​ ​aquarium​ ​tanks​ ​and​ ​their​ ​inhabitants.​ ​​ ​Mrs.​ ​Letha​ ​Boudreaux,​ ​director​ ​of the​ ​Marine​ ​Science​ ​program​ ​at​ ​Saint​ ​Stanislaus,​ ​said​ ​she​ ​wanted​ ​to​​ ​“expose​ ​students​ ​to​ ​the marine​ ​world,​ ​right​ ​outside​ ​their​ ​front​ ​door.​ ​​ ​The​ ​more​ ​they​ ​know​ ​about​ ​our​ ​local​ ​ecosystem,​ ​the more​ ​likely​ ​they​ ​will​ ​become​ ​stewards​ ​for​ ​it!”​ ​​ ​​About​ ​the​ ​day,​ ​​ ​Senior​ ​Saint​ ​Stanislaus​ ​intern William​ ​Greer,​ ​who​ ​ran​ ​the​ ​water​ ​quality​ ​testing​ ​station,​ ​remarked,​ ​“It​ ​was​ ​really​ ​cool​ ​to​ ​see​ ​all of​ ​the​ ​kids’​ ​different​ ​perspectives​ ​on​ ​the​ ​various​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​marine​ ​science.​ ​They​ ​all​ ​had​ ​a​ ​blast. I’m​ ​glad​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​interns​ ​and​ ​I​ ​could​ ​start​ ​the​ ​spark​ ​in​ ​their​ ​minds​ ​to​ ​maybe​ ​become​ ​part​ ​of the​ ​marine​ ​science​ ​world​ ​one​ ​day.”

For​ ​the​ ​STEM​ ​(Science,​ ​Technology,​ ​Engineering,​ ​and​ ​Math)​ ​portion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​day,​ ​Saint Stanislaus​ ​STEM​ ​teacher​ ​Mr.​ ​Jeff​ ​Anderson​ ​and​ ​his​ ​STEM​ ​students​ ​helped​ ​teams​ ​of​ ​visiting students​ ​compete​ ​in​ ​designing​ ​and​ ​building​ ​a​ ​small​ ​scale​ ​model​ ​of​ ​a​ ​boat​ ​that​ ​would​ ​help transport​ ​a​ ​hefty​ ​load​ ​of​ ​blue​ ​crabs​ ​from​ ​point​ ​of​ ​catch​ ​to​ ​point​ ​of​ ​sale.​ ​The​ ​design​ ​challenge​ ​not only​ ​included​ ​buoyancy​ ​and​ ​capacity​ ​of​ ​the​ ​vehicle,​ ​but​ ​also​ ​efficient​ ​cost​ ​of​ ​building​ ​materials. This​ ​part​ ​of​ ​Exploring​ ​Science​ ​Day​ ​ended​ ​with​ ​the​ ​great​ ​boat​ ​float​ ​test!​ ​Mr.​ ​Anderson commented​ ​that​ ​this​ ​day​ ​was​ ​“very​ ​special​ ​for​ ​me​ ​to​ ​see​ ​young​ ​minds​ ​expanding​ ​as​ ​they​ ​do more​ ​than​ ​solve​ ​problems​ ​on​ ​paper.​ ​Science​ ​education​ ​should​ ​be​ ​hands​ ​on;​ ​after​ ​all,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​how we​ ​learn.”​ ​​ ​And​ ​his​ ​STEM​ ​student​ ​helper​ ​11th​ ​grade​ ​Chris​ ​Luffey​ ​said​ ​he​ ​was​ ​glad​ ​that​ ​“the students​ ​from​ ​different​ ​schools​ ​were​ ​able​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​teamwork​ ​to​ ​complete​ ​the​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​building a​ ​successful​ ​barge​ ​to​ ​transport​ ​the​ ​crabs.”

The​ ​Saint​ ​Stanislaus​ ​Explore​ ​Science​ ​Day​ ​will​ ​continue​ ​next​ ​year​ ​as​ ​Saint​ ​Stanislaus shares​ ​its​ ​expertise​ ​and​ ​resources​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​experiential​ ​learning​ ​to​ ​our​ ​elementary​ ​school neighbors.

Marine Science Mr. Rock-A-Chaw Award Recipients with Marine Science Interns

Marine Science Catch of the Day Award Recipient with Marine Science Interns

Marine Science Future Intern Award Recipient with Marine Science Interns

Future Marine Biologist Award Recipient with Marine Science Interns

STEM Challenge – Best Boat Design

STEM Challenge – First Place in Boat Building Challenge

STEM Challenge – Second Place in Boat Build Challenge

STEM Challenge – Third Place Boat Build Challenge