This past Spring, the seventh grade got a chance to experience the freshwater estuary and saltwater bay habitats of Dauphin Island near Mobile, AL for a few days. They explored the area looking for local plants and wildlife as well as discovering how marshes play a key role in environmental conservation. They created, built, tested, and redesigned underwater automated vehicles using inquiry based stem techniques.

During their visit to Fort Gaines, they were able to get a glimpse into the lives of a Civil war soldier. Local artists provided brief instruction and demonstrations in blacksmithing, canon fire, and the daily routines of a fort.

They took a boat out to get an up close and personal look at animal adaptations based on the water’s salinity levels. Once again Dauphin Island continues to be an incredible cross-curricular field trip that provides students a unique and positive experience.

Heather Holmes

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