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Learning by Doing

Central to our concept of science education is the observation of nature, its recording as a set of coherent field notes, and the integration of techniques to enhance observational skills. The data taken enhance measuring, sketching, critical thinking, and analysis skills.

The method we employ involves living the life of a scientist colleague, reacting to changing meteorological and tidal conditions to perform a set of prioritized tasks constantly necessitating reevaluation of priorities (field triage), leading to a complete monitoring of each beach every day, conserving and maintaining new and existing sea turtle nests, and documenting and dealing with live or dead marine mammals or reptiles washed up on the beach (“stranded”).

Added to these professional duties, are a series of exercises to motivate interns to develop self-collected natural history resources, and household maintenance and act as a model for self-learning
Learning may be accomplished by doing, and being mentored, or learning may be accomplished by transference of the experience and knowledge of others through various media.

The specific skills learned and used by the interns on a daily basis include:

  • Self-Actualization
  • Reading a Map
  • Reading Tidal Graphs
  • Tool Use, Manipulation, and Safety
  • Deduction from Physical Evidence
  • Field Triage
  • Measuring and the Metric System
  • Field sketching and 3-D Visualization
  • Plotting Data
  • Note-taking and Notebook Documentation
  • Computer Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Analysis of Data

Last updated: 6/19/2015