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Topic Based (6-12)


These choices are built primarily around science topics but expansion to other disciplines may also be made.  Strong environmental extensions and tie-ins prevail in each lesson. Most offerings in this category can be tailored to the level of the grade or course requesting it.


TB 401 Marine Invertebrate Survey Lab  (Biology, Marine Biology, AP Biology, Zoology)  Living marine invertebrates that exemplify the major phyla are used to analyze anatomical, physiological, morphological, and behavioral traits characterizing each group. Man’s impact on their environmental status will be stressed.  Phylogenic reference will be made in an ascending order of complexity recognized by commonly accepted taxonomic schemes.

TB 402 Marine Vertebrate Survey Lab  (Biology, Marine Biology, AP Biology, Zoology)  Living and preserved vertebrates that comprise the classes Agnatha, Chondrichthyes, and Osteichthyes are used in study that parallels TB 401.


TB 403 Amphibian and Reptile Survey  (Biology, Zoology)  Live amphibian and reptile specimens are use to study a broad range of topics that include taxonomy, anatomy, behavior, and ecology.   The environmental impact of certain invasive alien species resulting from man’s mismanagement  will be explored.


TB 404 Aquatic Ecosystem Study  (Biology, Ecology)  Students will study ecosystem dynamics and conduct a partial bioassessment of the marsh or pond on the WEEC site.  Nets, seines, and other collecting equipment are used to collect organisms and water samples for study back in the center.  Will require wading water. 


TB 405 Water Chemistry Assessment   (Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Ecology)  May be performed in conjunction with TB 404 in back-to-back fieldtrips.  Water samples from various sources at WEEC are collected and analyzed using LaMotte Test Kits.  Parameters important to living systems are measured and analyzed.


TB 406 Physical Parameters of Aquatic Ecosystems  (Physical Science, Ecology, Physics)  May be performed in conjunction with TB 404 and TB 405 in back-to-back field trips.  Abiotic factors impacting aquatic systems are studied using apparatus needed to measure and analyze parameters such as flow rate, clarity, bottom profile, and substrate.


TB 407 Live Decapod Lab  (Biology, Marine Biology, Zoology) Various marine and freshwater crustaceans of the order Decopoda are used to illustrate arthropod specialization and adaptations.  Response to environmental stresses will be shown through experimentation on live specimens.


TB 408 Ecological Relationships and Evolutionary Principles  (AP Biology)  Many of the topics covered in these AP Units come to life as students use WEEC’s habitats and living displays to study concepts such as interspecific and intraspecific competition, spatial heterogeneity, symbiant relationships, Hardy-Wienberg, and biodiversity.