SEA URCHIN PROJECTHale Kula Elementary School 2012-2013
They’re here! The juvenile sea urchins weredelivered today, August 10, 2012!
The urchins are about 1” in Dr. Rick Jones from UH-West Oahudiameter. received a grant from NOAA and selected to work with Hale Kula on this project.
Sustainability and stewardship will be the focus of this project.Fourth and fifth graders in the blended learning class were the first to receivetheir sea urchins.
Brainstorming – What do we knowabout sea urchins? What do we wantto find out? Dr. Jones answers questions from second graders in B4.
Studying real-world problems and solutions = beinga community contributor (General Learner Outcome#2)Observing the urchins – seeing, touching, evensmelling the creatures.
It starts with observations and questionsKindergarten students from J4 were a little apprehensive about touching the urchins(left). After a few minutes in their new home, the urchins are already eating the limuand moving around the aquarium.
and selecting a question tostudyDo sea urchins prefer the sandy Which food helps sea urchins growarea or do they prefer to live on the faster – limu, unseasoned nori, or acoral? (3rd grade, H1) specially-formulated dry food? (5th grade, A1)
Sea Urchins for Coral Recovery: Hale Kula’s Climate Stewards ProgramProject Goals:Through Comprehensive evaluation we will measure: •whether the program increases environmental and climate literacy of the teachers and the students •whether the program increases the number and impact of climate stewardship activities at the school and in the community
Project Goals continued:•Increased control of invasive algae on the reefs of Kaneohe Bay•Continued participation of Hale Kula and addition of schools inthe Scholfield/Wheeler Complex and then to other schools inCentral Oahu and the Leeward Coast•School and community adoption of project management afteryear five to sustain climate stewardship activities