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Aquarium Camp for DIY Fishkeepers

Jamye E Carr
Rising Star
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(370)
Join us for a ton of DIY aquarium projects that you can do over the summer to make your fish tank an amazing and beautiful habitat for your fishy friends!

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 9
Students will learn how to approach an aquarium DIY project, how to be safe using DIY tools and equipment, and how easily filters, pumps, sumps, waterfalls, overflows, and other aquarium supplies can be made.
I am the Vice President of the Raleigh Aquarium Society, a public school teacher and a retired marine biologist.  Living on a biologist salary, and now on a teacher's salary and having a fairly expensive hobby in fishkeeping, I have found ways to adapt, build and create new tools to keep my pets happy and healthy.
Homework Offered
Students are encouraged to begin and continue a DIY project for their aquarium or create a plan for one if they do not currently own one. Students will be working independently although siblings or friends might choose to work together if time and availability allow it. This class requires that students are able to read and process basic instructional plans.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Project designs and plans will be turned in to the teacher: These will be turned in to the teacher and students will receive detailed feedback on 1) How healthy their choice of materials are for the fish, 2) How much can be saved in money and resources to build your own, and 3) How effective is the build.
Grades Offered
Supplies will be determined by the student's product of choice.  For filters, students will need empty 1,2,or 3 liter soda or water bottles, a utility knife, rubber tubing, hot glue, polyfil stuffing (100% polyester with NO mildew resistant treatment (this treatment is toxic to fish), and a small pump or power head.  For sumps, a 10 gallon aquarium and small pieces of acrylic or glass, along with a silicone gun and 100% GE Silicone (no mildew additives), masking tape and a larger pump.  Individualized supply lists can be provided prior to the start of camp if the learner contacts me prior to the beginning of camp.
Students will be learning how to use various power tools. Make sure that they are not allowed to operate these tools without adequate training and supervision in person.  Measurements and kit ideas will be provided for any parents skilled in woodworking for what cuts may be requested.
Rising Star
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(370)
I have 20 years of experience in public school teaching, specializing in Biology, Chemistry, Aquatic Science, and Astronomy. My teaching style incorporates student guided inquiry based learning, Socratic instruction, and adaptive lessons. In... 
Group Class


weekly or $79 for 6 classes
3x per week, 2 weeks
60 min

Completed by 10 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-16
3-8 learners per class

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