Kingsville Elementary School was turned into a school of a different kind when it was visited by the National Aquarium in Baltimore’s traveling outreach program. It was Ocean Theme Day at Kingsville and, with the majority of the student body dressed in blue, the auditorium looked like a sea of learning.
Thanks to funding from Kingsville’s PTA, the students learned about sharks and were able to spend time in a lab, learning about various ocean creatures and even seeing a horseshoe crab and other sea creatures in person.
The National Aquarium’s traveling outreach programs offer personal attention and close contact with aquarium animals and artifacts, while supporting the Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum. The program staff members provide classroom activities that prepare students for the program and facilitate reflection and discussion after the visit.
The outreach team visits about 15 Baltimore County schools each year. In addition, almost 10,000 Baltimore County students and teachers visited the aquarium during the 2009-2010 school year.