Oceans in Extra Depth! FractalMom, Marine Life, the 1000 Year Conveyor Belt, & More!

Karen Fisher Favret the FractalMom
Average rating:4.7Number of reviews:(176)
Come explore the oceans from top to bottom all around the globe... In this Ongoing discussion, learners will direct the next topic and we will build from week to week!

Class Experience

US Grade 4 - 7
As a research oceanographer, I have worked in many different ocean environments. I have been to sea in the North Atlantic off Cape Cod and Nova Scotia, the Southern Ocean off the Antarctic Peninsula, and the Pacific off the coast of California.  I have worked with marine biologists, fishermen,  fisheries managers, ship captains, environmentalists, and all sorts of oceanographers (physical, chemical, biological, geological). As a team, we have looked at how plankton dynamics are affected by ocean currents, how fisheries respond to climactic changes in circulation, and how whales and dolphins respond to our research efforts in their homes.   I am teaching these classes because the world needs citizen scientists who can think critically about how our world is changing, and find new ways to communicate, innovate, and compensate.
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Handouts will be provided to allow students to follow the experiments, demonstrations, or data analysis that we do in class.  For learners to do the basic physics experiments at home, they will need (depending on the week)  two empty spaghetti-sauce sized jars,  tap water (warm and cold), ice cubes, salt, and liquid food coloring (usually found in four packs in the baking aisle at supermarkets) some pennies or dimes, and a small eyedropper/pipette for making water droplets.  Optional towel that can get wet and multi-colored. To do the demonstrations, they will also need a larger, rectangular container that can hold water (the more transparent the better).   A glass bread loaf pan, small aquarium,  or similar shaped plastic container the size of a shoe box will work. To make beaches and ocean floors, sand or gravel to fill about 1/4 to 1/3 of the container, or clay/play-dough/other materials that can get wet for awhile without dissolving completely.  
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
If learners do the experiments at home, they may get wet, salty, or non-toxically food colored... Also,  please warn your learner that if they have trouble hearing me or the sounds I am playing, they should make sure to raise their hand (for real or in zoom), _and text me_  in case I cannot hear them either so we can work it out.  Home computer systems seem to react very differently when I share my computer sound so everyone can hear the whales sing, and at least one student could not hear anything even though everyone else was fine.

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Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.7Number of reviews:(176)
My goal is to bring as many new observers into the growing global network of Citizen Scientists as possible!  I have a PhD from Cornell, am a visiting scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), have done forensics on hostage videos... 
Group Class


1x per week
45 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(27)
Completed by 244 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 9-13
3-9 learners per class

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