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Live Webcast from Belize: Tracking the Health of Coral Reefs

from Smithsonian Institution- National Museum of Natural History

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Go into the field with Smithsonian to meet four marine scientists working at Carrie Bow Cay, a tiny island off of Belize. The scientists will introduce students to coral and coral reefs, and the ways in which they monitor coral reef ecosystems, their health, and how they respond to changes in the environment. They will show students the tools that they use to conduct their underwater observations and research, including basic scuba gear. The programs will explore two main topics: how coral reefs grow and respond to a changing environment, and tracking coral health and disease.

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Length

30 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Parent, Adult Learners

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:

No maximum


Primary Disciplines

Sciences


Program Delivery Mode

Live webcast



Booking Information

This is a special, interactive webcast that will be broadcast live from the Smithsonian Marine Station in Belize. It will air twice on Tuesday, October 8 at 2pm and 3:30pm EDT at https://naturalhistory.si.edu/education/distance-learning/tracking-health-coral-reefs-live-belize

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

The program is free and a recording will be available online after the live program ends. There is no cancellation policy.

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Smithsonian Institution- National Museum of Natural History

Washington, DC
United States

The National Museum of Natural History is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and education outreach programs.

Contact:
Maggy Benson
bensonm@si.edu
2026330129

Program Details

Format

1. The program will begin with an introduction to the marine scientists working at the Carrie Bow Cay Field Station in Belize.
2. The scientists will show the tools they use to monitor coral reef ecosystems.
3. The scientists will share what they have discovered by doing this research.
4. The scientists will answer as many questions from student viewers as possible during the live program.

Throughout the program, the scientists will interact with students through live polls and Q&A.

The live program and interaction will all happen on the Natural History Museum website at: https://naturalhistory.si.edu/education/distance-learning/tracking-health-coral-reefs-live-belize

Objectives

The participant will gain an:
-Increased interest and excitement about science
-Enhanced understanding of how scientists do field work
-Enhanced understanding of how scientists study coral reef habitats
-Increased understanding and interest in science careers

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

3rd Grade

Earth Science
Earth and Human Activity & Human Impacts on Earth Systems
•    ESS3.C Societal activities have had major effects on the land, ocean, atmosphere, and even outer space. Students describe things society does to protect Earth’s resources and environments.

4th Grade

Life Science
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics; Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
• 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

Earth Science
Earth and Human Activity & Human Impacts on Earth Systems
• ESS3.C Societal activities have had major effects on the land, ocean, atmosphere, and even outer space. Students describe things society does to protect Earth’s resources and environments.
• 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment

5th Grade

Life Science
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics; Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
• 5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment

Earth Science
Earth and Human Activity & Human Impacts on Earth Systems
• ESS3.C Societal activities have had major effects on the land, ocean, atmosphere, and even outer space. Students describe things society does to protect Earth’s resources and environments.
• 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment

6-8th Grade

Life Science
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics; Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
• MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems

Earth Science
Earth and Human Activity & Human Impacts on Earth Systems
• ESS3.C Human activities have altered the biosphere, sometimes damaging it, although changes to environments can have different impacts for different living things. Activities and technologies can be engineered t’s impacts on Earth.

State Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

3rd Grade

Earth Science
Earth and Human Activity & Human Impacts on Earth Systems
•    ESS3.C Societal activities have had major effects on the land, ocean, atmosphere, and even outer space. Students describe things society does to protect Earth’s resources and environments.

4th Grade

Life Science
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics; Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
• 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

Earth Science
Earth and Human Activity & Human Impacts on Earth Systems
• ESS3.C Societal activities have had major effects on the land, ocean, atmosphere, and even outer space. Students describe things society does to protect Earth’s resources and environments.
• 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment

5th Grade

Life Science
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics; Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
• 5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment

Earth Science
Earth and Human Activity & Human Impacts on Earth Systems
• ESS3.C Societal activities have had major effects on the land, ocean, atmosphere, and even outer space. Students describe things society does to protect Earth’s resources and environments.
• 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment

6-8th Grade

Life Science
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics; Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
• MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems

Earth Science
Earth and Human Activity & Human Impacts on Earth Systems
• ESS3.C Human activities have altered the biosphere, sometimes damaging it, although changes to environments can have different impacts for different living things. Activities and technologies can be engineered t’s impacts on Earth.