Every May, Kindergarten through 8th grade students participate in an immersive learning experience focused on marine science. Each year there is a new theme, and classroom teachers explore different subtopics. Students move from classroom to classroom, learning and applying their knowledge, through observation, experimentation, playing academically enriched games. Upper middle school students, parents and local experts collaborate to teach key concepts.
Ocean Shore’s Oceans 411 program integrates Next Generation Science Standards and California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts with interdisciplinary STE[A]M lessons. The Oceans 411 curriculum is created or adapted by classroom teachers and middle school students. Lessons are modified to be accessible to various age groups and learning styles.
What’s in it for the community?
Students and families who participate in Oceans 411 gain knowledge of, and respect for our marine environment that will last a lifetime.
Numerous students have pointed to Oceans 411 as their inspiration for stewardship, subsequent advanced degrees, and/or careers in marine and environmental sciences.
The hard work of students, their parent volunteers and the teaching staff benefit the broader community both environmentally and aesthetically year round.
Watch our new OCEANS411 video produced by Adrian Smith.