Although the school year was coming to an end at Westport Academy, exciting LET’S GO STEM Scholar Program opportunities are still happening! On Wednesday, June 5th, thirteen 3rd –5th graders from the STEM Club got to experience the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center and learn what it takes to be a naturalist in their own back yard.
As “science detectives,” the cohort of STEM Scholars investigated the water quality in the Baltimore harbor using tools scientists use for measuring dissolved oxygen content, pH, temperature and salinity. After meeting Baltimore’s own harbor-cleaning Dr. Trash Wheel, the students discussed why good water quality is important for the organisms that live in our harbor.
One of the highlights of the trip was to see some of these organisms up-close, including plankton species under the microscope! Everyone also had a chance to explore the protected shoreline and become familiar with how scientists take good observations and notes, which they practiced by looking for animal tracks.
Only five minutes from Westport Academy, Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center provided the STEM Scholars with an up-close look at some local species in their natural habitat. As growing scientists, they learned an important lesson in being considerate of the environment with everyday decisions in order to protect our planet and the living beings that call it home.