Posts Tagged 'middle school'

Schooba now listed in the National After School Science Directory

Check out our profile in the National After School Science Directory.  Search by zip code or keyword, it don’t matter!

Explorers Club, 4/16

Yet another successful expedition.  Some captured moments in time:

G'Imani, really into her scuba diving magazine.

Duane and a big cat.

Dr. Russell Seidel, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Dowling College, our lecturer for the day.

"Aww, Com'n, Dr. Russ, I thought we were going to do some tough stuff today." - The Schoobents, sulking

"Yeah, no duh." - The Schoobents, in unison.

G'Imani exploring the Explorers Club flag and all of the places it has been.

G'Imani and Nyell exploring the Cheetah.

Boss Duane, with his elephant tusk.

Boss Duane, with his elephant tusks ... again.

Nyell, looking at the Explorers Club flag and thinking about exploring.

Having a look at some of the different Explorers Club explorers.

Big thanks to everyone at the Explorers Club and Dowling College!  Next weekend trip – Earth Day Rockaway, 4/30!

Schooba partners with MWA!

The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is a nonprofit organization that “works to transform the New York and New Jersey Harbor and Waterways to make them cleaner and more accessible, a vibrant place to play, learn and work with great parks, great jobs and great transportation for all.”

Check out our profile on their partners page:

NY Aquarium trip 4.2.11

Another fantastic expedition!  Check it out:

Hakeem in his new shirt

Waiting for the L train ... Before some serious lectures on why Mike and Ikes, Oreos, and Good 'N Plenty are not a balanced breakfast.

Hakeem and the Cyclone

The Crew, actin' cool

Big thanks to Richard Blankfein, Dive Safety Officer of the Aquarium, who hooked us up and gave us another behind-the-scenes tour of the compound.

Yashira exploring coral reefs

Wise words from the kiosk ...Can we call that a kiosk?

Who knew neon tetras could be so cool?

Richard and the seals ... Ok, that sounds like a band name.

Hakeem and a Sand Tiger

Yashira and the jellies ...Ok, that also sounds like a band name.

Wait for it ...

Wait for it! ...

(Sound of water rushing.)

"Phew, that was a close call. We almost got drenched!" - Yashira

Yashira on the beach.

Hakeem on the beach.

And a short video clip: Hakeem getting shut down.

Next trip: Explorers Club, 4/16/11 – Stay Tuned!

Government approved!


“Consent to filing with the Department of State”

Check out that official seal.

Thank you Diver Magazine!

For your generous product donations.

I’ll be quizzing them soon.

LES Ecology Center Trip!

This past Saturday, we took a small group to the Lower East Side Ecology Center.  They’re located in East River Park, and “work toward a more sustainable New York City by providing community-based recycling and composting programs, developing local stewardship of green space, and increasing community awareness, involvement and youth development through environmental education programs.”  Have a look at some snapshots from the day.

Yashira and Nyell, two of our newest Schoobents, show off their new gear.

Upon arrival at the park, we were met by Dan, the Education Director of the center.

First, he brought us to the CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) and schooled us on the ramifications of a polluted sewer system.

We then did a bit of water sampling. Here we are getting the temperature. Any guesses?

Now, testing the salinity.

Any guesses?

It was then time for a little East River fishing!

Yashira and Nyell getting ready.

Dan cutting the bait (squid!).

Yashira, getting baited.


Yashira, showing us all how to use the equipment.

Was that a nibble?

Basketball?? ...A little Jimmy Buffett, and Duane has carved himself a little slice of heaven.

Next trip: NY Aquarium on 4/2.  Stay posted!

Curriculum expanded!

At the beginning of this week, The Schooba Academy began its second program at Lyons Community School.  This time around, we’re working exclusively with over-age and under-credited kids, all of whom are eligible to receive high school science credit upon completion of the course.  We’ve expanded the curriculum to fit the program, and the Schooba manual now aligns scuba diving to 9 NYS Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum Major Understandings:

  • LE 1.2d  During respiration, cells use oxygen to release the energy stored in food.  The respiratory system supplies oxygen and removes carbon dioxide (gas exchange).
  • LE 1.2f  The circulatory system moves substances to and from cells, where they are needed or produced, responding to changing demands.
  • PE 1.1d  Gravity is the force that keeps planets in orbit around the Sun and the Moon in orbit around the Earth.
  • PE 2.1b  As altitude increases, air pressure  decreases.
  • PE 3.1d  Gases have neither a determined shape nor a definite volume.  Gases assume the shape and volume of a closed container.
  • PE 3.1h  Density can be described as the amount of matter that is in a given amount of space.  If two objects have equal volume, but one has more mass, the one with more mass is denser.
  • PE 3.1i  Buoyancy is determined by comparative densities.
  • PE 3.3a  All matter is made up of atoms.  Atoms are far too small to see with a light microscope.
  • PE 3.3b  Atoms and molecules are perpetually in motion.  The greater the temperature, the greater the motion.

Schooba to run a new program, this time bearing credits!

With just a week to go until the end of our pilot program, Lyons Community School has commissioned Schooba to run another course!  The decision came as a result of their recent receiving of a grant, so details are still a bit up in the air.  Some things we do know:

  • The course will be 54 hours long!
  • We will be working exclusively with students that are over-age and under-credited!!
  • Students will be able to receive up to 3 High School Science credits!!!
  • We’ll be getting paid!!!!
  • Classes start Monday, 3/7!!!!

Stay tuned!

Schooba, out.

And the diving begins!!!

For the past week, the Schoobents of Lyons Community School have been tutored on the science involved in scuba diving.  This past Saturday, they got to see that science in action as we held our first pool session and they got their first taste of compressed air.

The day started out with a pre-dive tutoring session at the local pizza shop. We made our own seltzer and discussed some of the similar science involved in scuba diving.

Pre-dive tutoring session at Tri-Color Pizza

Making seltzer

The rest of the crew joined us, and we began our journey to the Island of Manhattan.  We took the  L train to 1st Avenue and made the walk (a long and cold one) to the health club at Waterside Plaza, where our pool and scuba equipment were waiting.  We took this pic under the highway.

To what lengths will we go for Schooba? ...14 blocks in the freezing cold with a whole lot of heavy equipment didn't stop us.

We finally got to the pool, changed into our swim trunks, and tested the water.  Thanks to the generous donations of our sponsors (Cressi, Predator Power Fins, and DarkFin Gloves), the kids had plenty of awesome gear to mess around with.

Juan and Rolman testing the water with some DarkFin Gloves on.

"Hey, Raul, can you help me with this mask?"

Jesus and Michelle swimming laps

Jesus and Lassana hangin out Schooba style

Lassana with the DarkFins

Jed, a radio reporter, came to document the event.

Jed getting the inside scoop from Lassana

Taking a moment to chat with the radio man!

The gear was setup and it was time to scuba!!

There was a short briefing before getting in the water ... Look at that laser attention!

Jed listens in on the briefing

Lassana takes his first breath off of the SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus)

Jesus' turn

I think Rolman is having fun.

Juan and Rolman talking scuba

Science through SCUBA!

Chillin' underwater

Juan tells Jed about his experience with SCUBA

The Schooba scene

Big thanks to all who came down to help out.  On hand were extra dive instructors, a videographer, a photographer, a radio reporter, and a whole bunch of other responsible and caring adults.  Lissa, Rob, Raul, Jamison, Danny, Jed, and of course and as always: Alyssa, Mom, and Dad.  Also, a big thank you to Oceanblue Divers for making this possible for the kids.

Here are a few unedited video clips to give you a sense of the Schooba scene:

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