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.
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.
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.
Dick even showed us the behind the scenes of the shark tank! Check out the videos:
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:
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.