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Gerstell Sixth Grade Students Experience STEM Concepts on Eastern Shore
Posted 04/10/2016 01:07PM

Gerstell Academy sixth grade students enjoyed a weeklong science field experience as part of the Middle School STEM program. The focus on leadership development, critical thinking and the in -depth content exploration associated with our excellent science program was led by Middle School science teacher Mr. Scott Johnson, along with faculty members Mr. Sebastian Weeks, Ms. Joanna Stoltz, and Ms. Annie Rochfort. This new and exciting partnership with the Chincoteague Bay Field Station on Virginia’s Eastern Shore has opened wondrous doors of experiential learning for each of our sixth grade students.

The sixth grade class left for the Field Station from Gerstell Academy on Tuesday, March 29th and returned to campus on Friday, April 1st. They lived, learned and worked at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station located on Wallops Island.

While participating in these natural classrooms, the students were introduced to a variety of concepts in the biological, chemical and physical sciences, experiencing the ecology of a dynamic coastal system. The students participated in a research cruise on the Chincoteague Bay

as well as the study of and experience with intertidal beaches, sand dunes, salt marshes and life in the maritime forest. In addition, the evening studies included learning about and working with oceanographic equipment and in the micro/macro-organism laboratories.


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