An in-depth sea turtle educational program is being partnered with Inwater Research Group and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy located at 210 S. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce. Inwater Research Group’s educational outreach program provides trained biologists and educators in the classroom for exploratory S.T.E.M. learning programs.
The purpose of the partnership between St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy and Inwater Research Group is to bring Inwater Research Group’s Traveling Trunk Program to the academy. The traveling trunks include skull replicas of the 5 sea turtles we see in Florida’s waters, as well as a corresponding food item for each species of turtle. They also include 10 model turtles, 10 calipers, measuring tapes, a scale and a lesson binder. The traveling trunk program was implemented at St. Andrew’s as part of their S.T.E.M. program.
Inwater Research Group is a marine science organization established to study wildlife in coastal habitats throughout Florida. In St. Lucie County, they are responsible for monitoring sea turtle nesting on Hutchinson Island, in addition to many monitoring, conservation and research projects.
“The traveling trunk program is a great way to bolster the first few lessons of our Turtle Treks program” said Inwater Research Group’s Education Manager, Rebecca Mott. “It includes all the materials needed for a real-world, hands-on exploratory learning unit with artifacts and genuine tools of the trade.”
“The new S.T.E.M. program provides our students with hands-on learning opportunities to make science, technology, engineering and math exciting for students,” said Trina Angelone, Head of Schools. “Working with valuable partners like Inwater Research Group opens our students up to real-world research and hands-on learning that inspires and encourages them to excel.”
Source: Kim Waser Nash