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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person events have been canceled. For any events you previously attended for Category I, please complete the assignment for that event.

We have also revised the options for Community and Technology Resources. There are new options for Category I below. Please consult with your advisor about assignment specifics.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Virtual Field Trip

  1. Visit the Kelp Forest Cam. Note: the live feed is only available from 7am-7pm but during "off hours" a recorded video of the tank is available.
  2. Observe the animals in the kelp forest for about 5 min. Record your observations in pictures and words. After you have observed a couple of animals, visit the aquarium's website on animals of the kelp forest. We recommend you keep two tabs open so you can continue to view the kelp forest cam.
  3. Select two animals that you observed and learn more about them. The kelp is an option, which is easily visible. Add information to your notes.
  4. Visit the Coral Reef Cam
  5. Observe the animals in the coral reef for about 5 min. Record your observations in pictures and words. After you have observed a couple of animals, visit the aquarium's website on animals of the coral reef. We recommend you keep two tabs open so you can continue to view the coral reef cam.
  6. Use the self-guided booklet (pdf) to compare the two habitats. This is intended for K-2 students so don't overthink it.

You are now ready to complete the Expedition Assignment. Feel free to look at the Monterey Bay Aquarium educator resources site as an additional resource while you complete the assignment.


San Diego Zoo - Virtual Field Trip

Helpful Hint: Install RealPlayer and/or Windows Media Player on the computer being used so the Webcams can be viewed. The page for the site(s) chosen will indicate the plug-in that are needed to view the animals. These are free downloads, but it may take extra time to install the programs.

  1. Visit the San Diego Zoo webcam
  2. Choose an animal to explore.
  3. Explore the Sites with Webcams. Note when the zoo indicates that the animals featured on the camera are typically active. Be prepared to choose an alternate camera if no animals appear within a reasonable length of time or if the Webcam is unavailable for some reason.
  4. An option instead of Webcams is for children to complete similar activities by observing a pet, animals at home or the zoo, or a birdfeeder or squirrel feeder outside the window or at a near-by park.
  5. Explain what you see on the Webcam display or live animals near home:
    • What is the animal doing?
    • What do you notice about the animal's habitat?
    • How does the animal move?
    • How does the animal interact with others?
    • What else do you think the animal does in this habitat?
    • What do you notice when you look closely at the images?
    • What would a scientist notice about this animal?
  6. View the images from the Webcam once a day or several times during the day. Compare what is the same and what is different. You could choose to view multiple locations, compare how similar animals act differently in the different places.

Imagine that you just completed a virtual class field-trip (or you could in the future). You are now ready to complete the Expedition Assignment. Feel free to look at San Diego Zoo educator resource site to help you complete the assignment.


Exploratorium Virtual Workshop

Participate in a teacher workshop from the San Francisco Exploratorium. There are four parts to this workshop:

  1. Collaborative Learning with Earth and Moon
  2. Facilitation with Colored Shadows
  3. Scientific Inquiry with Mirrors
  4. Community Construction with Pinholes

The videos are a little under an hour long, in total. If you want to know more about any of the science activities used in the workshops, click the science snack link under the "Dig into the Science" link within the workshop description. This will appear once you select on of the four videos to view.

After you have completed the videos, you are ready to answer the Museum-Based Workshop Assignment.