Teachers Get Hands-On STEM Lessons at Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Through a partnership between the K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Department and Loggerhead Marinelife Center, teachers from eight School District of Palm Beach County schools were able to get a behind-the-scenes, hands-on experience centered around marine life conservation efforts and the importance of preventing marine debris from entering our waterways.

“We are so excited to be working with other talented educators who have committed to promoting STEM education in their classrooms,” said Hannah Campbell, environmental programs manager at Loggerhead Marinelife Center. “To be able to share resources about marine science with these teachers and to see their dedication to education is both inspiring and something we look forward to doing more often in the future.”

Teachers were able to gather and collect data from “wounded” sea turtles as technicians in the field would do, engineer a Coastal Cleanup Contraption that would allow beach-goers to clean up pollution that might otherwise enter waterways and harm the local ecosystems, and learn more about resources and activities that they can use within their classrooms that are focused on standards related to environmental conservation and human impact.

“This experience was amazing. It gave me the opportunity to build relationships, communicate with my peers, and build a STEM Contraption to help clean up the beach, said Mark Golzbein, a teacher at Grassy Waters Elementary.  

To learn more about Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s educational programs, visit their website at www.marinelife.org.

For more information on the K-12 STEM District programs, contact Julia Mate at Julia.mate@palmbeachschools.org.