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9th-12th Grade

Dissections and AP level labs challenge high schools students to explore and analyze the world around them. Please see the list of programs below for more specific information.

Animal Exploration
Get your hands wet in this 30-minute, educator-led animal touch experience. After a brief introduction, students will explore the unique characteristics of our classroom tidepool animals and even have a chance to touch them.
SCIENCE STANDARDS: K 1a, 2a, c; 4a, d, e. 1st grade: 2a, 2b, 4e. 2nd grade: 2d, 4c, 4g. 3rd grade: 3a, 3b, 3c. 4th grade: 3a. 5th grade: 2a, 3a. 6th grade: 5a, 5b. 7th grade: 3d. Biology: 6a, 6e.
COMMON CORE: Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1, 2: 1.a; Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1: 2 a; Language Standards Kindergarten: 1.d; Language Standards Grade 1: 1.f; Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1, 2: 1.b; Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1: 2 a.
Discover Earth | Grades 3-12
Take a new look at the water, weather, continents, currents, tsunamis, and hurricanes that make our Earth a dynamic system. With an Aquarium educator as a guide, your students will explore beautiful visualizations on the Aquarium’s six-foot spherical display called Science on a Sphere. Discover the wonders of our instrumented earth and the information we can use to learn more about our planet.
SCIENCE STANDARDS: 3rd grade: 4e. 4th grade: 5a, 6a. 5th grade: 3a, 4a, 4b, 4c. 6th grade: 1a, 3a, HS Earth science: 4a, 4b, 4c, 5e, 6a, 6c, 6d.
COMMON CORE: Language Standards Grades 9- 12: 6.
Fishing for Change | Grades 6-12
Through an activity that simulates industrial fishing practices, groups of students will act as a fleet of fishing vessels working together to gain the best catch possible and be able to define what “best catch” should mean. Students will experiment with different fishing techniques to determine the best means of avoiding bycatch, overfishing and environmental degradation while maximizing sustainability. Analysis of their results will lead students in a discussion of current fishing methods, environmental concerns and the tragedy of the commons to gain an increased awareness of human impacts.
SCIENCE STANDARDS: Biology/Life Sciences: 6b. Investigation and Experimentation: 1d, g, i, m.
COMMON CORE: Language Standards Grades 6-12: 6; Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects Grades 6-12: 3
Fishial Pursuit | Grades 5-12
Sharks may lose 30,000 teeth in a lifetime! A blue whale can have a tongue as big as an elephant! Dispelling myths and learning cool and interesting facts is the name of the game. Join us for an interactive educational theater program where the audience members are the game show contestants and the questions are all washed up.
SCIENCE STANDARDS: 6th: 5a, b. 7th: 3a.
COMMON CORE: Language Standards Grades 5- 12: 6.
A Look Inside | Grades 5-12
How does a squid breathe? How many hearts do they have? The answers to these and more questions can be found with a closer look inside. Make your first incision into the amazing world of cephalopod taxonomy and anatomy. Your students will discover the ins and outs of the common market squid in this hands-on dissection.
SCIENCE STANDARDS: Biology/Life Sciences: 6c, e, g; 8b, d; 9a, g.
COMMON CORE: Language Standards Grades 5- 12: 6; Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects Grades 6-12: 3.
Aquacology
Water is water, or is it? In this class your students will explore the world of aquariums and aquarium filtration. By building their own aquarium systems complete with filtration, students will discover the importance of water quality and what it takes to keep water suitable to support life. Protein skimmers, bio-towers, UV sterilizers and other state of the art aquarium filtration components will be explored in this interactive class.

We can take this program on the road! This is also available as an Aquarium on Wheels program.
SCIENCE STANDARDS: Earth Sciences: 7a. Chemistry: 2b; 5a, d. Investigation and Experimentation: 1L.
COMMON CORE: Language Standards Grades 9- 12: 6; Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects Grades 9-12: 3.
AP Biology Lab: Dissolved Oxygen
Oxygen is one of the most essential components for life on our planet. However, oxygen is not always readily available to animals and plants in the ocean. Through this hands-on laboratory session, students will develop and test a hypothesis regarding dissolved oxygen levels in the harbor adjacent to the Aquarium. Students will collect water samples at varying depths and analyze them for dissolved oxygen content. A class discussion will determine whether or not the results correspond to their hypothesis and why.

Please note that the AP Biology Lab is a 2-hour program. If the class arrives more than 30 minutes late, the program will be canceled without refund. Please ask for more information about science standards.

Please note that special rates and times apply for AP Biology Labs. Please call our Reservation Hotline at (562) 951-1630 for details.
SCIENCE STANDARDS: AP Biology Topics: 1a, c; 3c. Fulfills portions of AP Biology Lab 12: Dissolved Oxygen and Aquatic Primary Productivity.
COMMON CORE: Language Standards Grades 9- 12: 6; Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects Grades 9-12: 3.
Frozen
Welcome to the Earth’s icy poles. Both the Arctic in the north and Antarctica in the south are characterized by freezing temperatures and ice, but they are very different environments and play an important role in our changing planet. Discover these frozen worlds through an interactive Science on a Sphere program including a look at how we gather data about our earth and how we see that information.
SCIENCE STANDARDS: HS Earth science: 4a, 4b, 4c, 5e, 6a, 6c, 6d.
COMMON CORE: Language Standards Grades 9- 12: 6.
It All Flows to Me | Grades 3-12
It All Flows to MeUtilizing the Aquarium’s new interactive Watershed Classroom and Exhibit, students will be led on a journey through their watershed from the mountains to the coastal ocean.
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