Plankton lecture and the NY Aquarium

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:

And pics:

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

Ooooooooo, aahhhhhhhh

And this one, my personal favorite of the day, taken by Lassana:

Cnidarian silhouette

Billion thanks to Tina, Brad, Rob, Brittany, Mr. and Mrs. Dubov, Mom, and Alyssa for coming down and helping out.


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