Educators are invited to a free after-hours open house on Wed., March 1 to learn how The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s programs and resources – including a new STEM-focused IMAX® movie – will enhance lessons to their students.
The event, called “Fish School,” runs from 4 to 7 p.m. The purpose of the free evening is to show teachers and other educators the many ways they can connect their students and curricula with the Aquarium’s unique educational programs, which help to fulfill state, Common Core and Next Generation Science standards.
“Our goal is for the Aquarium to be an extension of every classroom in the region,” said Tom Naiman, the Aquarium’s director of education. “We consider teachers and students to be our priority audience, and our catalog of programs is designed to support and extend the school curriculum.”
Naiman added that educators of every variety are invited, including those who present educational content at libraries, community centers and other resources apart from schools.
During “Fish School,” educators can sample some of The Maritime Aquarium’s most popular programs, from microscope discoveries to squid dissections. They also can tour the Aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound – the only research vessel in the country with hybrid-electric propulsion – and learn about opportunities with their students out on Long Island Sound. These include new “Oceanography” and “AP Environmental Science” programs for high-school students.
IMAX movies can be incorporated into classroom lessons through educational guides created by the films’ producers. On March 1, teachers can preview two films in Connecticut’s largest IMAX Theater. Showing on the six-story screen will be “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean” at 5 p.m. and the new “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” at 6 p.m. The first giant-screen film made with a STEM focus, “Dream Big” celebrates engineering marvels around the world and also some of the inspired engineers tackling new challenges.