Marine Conservation Discussions at 6th Grade Symposium
Sixth grade students unveiled the websites they designed as part of their study of marine conservation issues.
Parents, students, faculty, and staff were invited to the 6th Grade Symposium in the Black Box Theater to view their completed Capstone projects.
After researching local marine conservation issues in Florida which included the ecological impact of the loss of seagrass and the decline of shark populations over the past ten years, teams of sixth graders developed an inquiry-based research question to better understand their topic. Students spent considerable time reading and outlining scientific research papers in both Mrs. Walters' and Ms. Lonsdale's classes, as well as collecting their own data during their fieldwork at Mote Marine Laboratory. Students then created websites in order to display their findings.
The students presented their websites during the symposium, talking about the issues they had researched, possible solutions they had theorized, and answering questions from their guests. The sixth graders impressed their audience with the vast amount of information and complex strategies they developed during this project.