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Grade-school tours were scheduled in half-hour increments from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and were expected to last about an hour and a half for each group. Over 460 students came from seven different schools. Thanks to the fantastic organization by Lisa Robbins, Sandy Coffman, and a staff of enthusiastic tour guides, students were ushered around the exhibits seamlessly, avoiding some of the bottlenecks from last year.
New displays featured biology, welcoming our BRD biologists into the Coastal Center ranks, and our neighbors from the Florida Marine Research Institute also contributed again. Exhibits included native fishes, microbial dust, reef acoustics, coastal erosion, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes, measuring salinity, radioactivity, geology of the Florida Keys, corals, sand, wetlands, sand bars, sediment cores, marine vibra-coring, research vessels, seafloor mapping, groundwater pollutants, coral reef metabolism, science on the web, and making computer maps.
This year's format gave the
scientists more opportunities to talk with and answer questions from the students and members of
the community. As far as we know, no one stumped the "Ask-a-Geologist!"
Goodie bags containing a variety of outreach materials were handed out to each student at the end of their tour. We again received many positive comments from the teachers and members of the community, as well as numerous thank-you notes with drawings by the students that reinforced to the scientists what a positive event this is for the children.
Thanks to all for two very prosperous days of celebrating Earth Science Week. An enormous amount of work went into making the effort as successful as it was. Everyone from the St. Pete office worked as a team and it really showed to the public.
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