This past Saturday, the Schoobents got a double dose of fun. We met at The Schooba Academy’s international headquarters (the Lyons Community School science lab) to start our day with an invigorating investigation into … plankton!! Super duper huge thanks to Tina for coming down and speaking with the Schoobents. Tina is a zooplankton ecologist at the University of Connecticut, and she told us a bit about what she does, why it’s important, and how she got there.
Prepping the luh-bor-uh-tuh-ree
Catching Jon interested
Jon now fully amazed with plankton
Tina tellin' us what's up with plankton
Learning about plankton
After gaining a graduate level understanding of organismal interactions in the ocean, we headed out to the New York Aquarium in Coney Island. A not so short couple of train rides brought us there.
Walking to the boardwalk
Lassana at the aquarium
Rodney, Jesus, and Jon at the aquarium
Upon arrival, we were met by Dick Blankfein, NY Aquarium’s Dive Safety Officer and Dive and Animal Department Volunteer Coordinator, who gave us a VIP tour of the compound.
In the dive shack, where the volunteer divers get suited up for their aquarium dives
Dick tells us what it's like being a diver for the aquarium
Checking out the Education Center
Learning about the animals from the man who knows them personally
Dick even showed us the behind the scenes of the shark tank! Check out the videos:
Lassana behind the scenes
Jon taking a pic of the turtle
The turtle checking out the rest of the group
Shark in the shark tank
It was hot and steamy in there
After our tour, we had a quick lunch (thank you, Sergio!) and explored the rest of the aquarium like civilians. A few pics for ya:
Checkin' out the fish
Rodney took so many pictures on his phone the battery died.
Rodney snapping another shot
The shark tank from behind the glass
And this one, my personal favorite of the day, taken by Lassana:
Billion thanks to Tina, Brad, Rob, Brittany, Mr. and Mrs. Dubov, Mom, and Alyssa for coming down and helping out.