K-12 PROGRAMS

Marine Science Lab

  

This hands-on field and lab experience introduces students to oceanography, marine biology and marine ecology.  It is offered in a modular format to accommodate your available time on-site at Biosphere 2.  The optional components (each 60 minutes in length) are:

  • Classroom instruction: Introduction to Oceanography
  • Tour of Biosphere 2
  • Field/lab work: marine plankton station
  • Field/lab work: water station
  • Field/lab work: substrate station

Each of the Field/Lab stations involves a fairly intensive, student-driven analysis of sample/specimen collection in B2's ocean, mangroves and/or riparian biomes.  Each concludes with sample/specimen testing and interpretation in Biosphere 2's innovative Marine Science Laboratory (MSL).

An entire day (6.5 hours) is required to complete all components and have each student rotate through all three stations. This would include lunch and appropriate breaks.  A more typical visit of 3.5 hours could be structured:

Classroom Instruction, tour of Biosphere 2, and one station rotation;

OR

Tour of Biosphere 2 and two station rotations.

  

Grades K-4:  Beginning

Topics:

  • Observations of marine animals
  • Water in Biosphere 2 biomes

Objectives:

  • Gather and record qualitative and quantitative data
  • Compare and contrast attributes of water in different biomes

This instruction meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI):  Earth and Space Sciences (ESS), Physical Sciences (PS), and Life Sciences (LS).

  • Kindergarten - LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems, ESS3-1 and 3 Earth and Human Activity
  • First Grade - LS1-1  From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • Second Grade - LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics, LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • Third Grade - LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics, ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems
  • Fourth Grade - LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, ESS2-1 Earth’s Systems

See the Next Generation Science Standards.

 Grades 5-12:  5-8 Intermediate; HS Advanced 

Topics:

  • Soil and water data collection in Biosphere 2 wilderness biomes (analog and digital tools; data collection details differ between intermediate and advanced curriculum)
  • Lab analysis of soil and water samples
  • Collection and observation of microorganisms from B2 aquatic systems

Objectives:

  • Discuss issues scientists encounter in field sampling
  • Explain pros and cons of tools used in data collection
  • Describe specific attributes of different biomes

This instruction meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI):  Earth and Space Sciences (ESS), Physical Sciences (PS), and Life Sciences (LS).

  • Fifth Grade - ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems
  • Middle School - LS2-1, 2, and 4 Ecosystems
  • High School -  LS2-1, 2 Ecosystems

See the Next Generation Science Standards.

# Limited to 24 students, or less, with 6-8 students per station. A MAX of 48 students COULD be accommodated depending on the amount of time students are able to stay on-site.

* Cost:

Pricing for Half Day Marine Science Lab:

  • K-12: $23 HALF DAY MSL, per student or chaperone (Discount Season July-December). Adult/chaperone ratio maximum 6:1, minimum 10:1. $345 flat fee for groups of 14 or fewer.

  • K-12: $25 HALF DAY MSL, per student or chaperone (Regular Season January-June). Adult/chaperone ratio maximum 6:1, minimum 10:1. $375 flat fee for groups of 14 or fewer.

  • Please note – upon arrival, we ask for ONE payment for the entire group. Any additional adults or family members above the maximum allowed chaperones must pay the separate applicable admission fee and be assigned to a regularly scheduled public tour.

Pricing for Full Day Marine Science Lab:

  • K-12: $30 FULL DAY MSL, per student or chaperone (Discount Season July-December). Adult/chaperone ratio maximum 6:1, minimum 10:1. $450 flat fee for groups of 14 or fewer.

  • K-12: $32 FULL DAY MSL, per student or chaperone (Regular Season January-June). Adult/chaperone ratio maximum 6:1, minimum 10:1. $480 flat fee for groups of 14 or fewer.

  • Please note – upon arrival, we ask for ONE payment for the entire group. Any additional adults or family members above the maximum allowed chaperones must pay the separate applicable admission fee and be assigned to a regularly scheduled public tour.

(*Rates effective August 15th, 2016)

To schedule a field trip for your class, or for questions about booking, please contact us at 520-838-6192 or via email at BIO2-GROUP@email.arizona.edu

# Please note:  due to the nature of the experience in terms of spaces entered, equipment used, and other logistical necessities, participation is limited to small groups of 24 students or less.

For questions about the lesson content, please contact: faulkel@email.arizona.edu.

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