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STEM Classes Spend the Day at Maritime Aquarium

Throughout the school year, South Kent School’s faculty aims to engage students in real-world applications of the subjects they are studying.

This past Thursday, STEM teacher Mr. Plouffe took his two classes, Aquatic Ecosystems and Environmental Science, on a fun adventure to Maritime Aquarium, located in South Norwalk, CT. While the boys indulged in the aquarium’s exhibits, they learned more about invasive species and how they cause economic and environmental harm to the areas they live in. A notable exhibit they visited was the lionfish, an invasive species devastating the waters off the coast of Florida. Furthermore, students identified creatures that roam estuaries around the world, seeing different species of fish and wildlife that call that ecosystem their home. 

Mr. Plouffe enjoys organizing trips like this to help his students get out of the classroom and experience learning in new and exciting ways. This was a chance for students to see their classes come to life, connecting real-life experiences to points of emphasis from lectures.

“The learning aspect of the trip is crucial, but the change of pace is just as important. We encourage more trips off campus because it allows our students to see what they are learning in class in the real world. That way, students, and even teachers, can experience something new and exciting to hang their hats on once the school year finishes,” explains Mr. Plouffe.

Along with building a more well-rounded understanding of the topics presented in class, the students marveled at the variety, interactivity, and “realness” of the aquarium exhibits. The stingray station was a crowd favorite as students enjoyed petting and watching the majestic fish up close. The hope is that experiencing these learning moments away from the typical format of classroom lecturing and reciting information will help the boys grow and apply their knowledge beyond South Kent.

Head of School Brian Sullivan reinforced the importance of students being able to apply what they are learning to the world around them. “Once students understand the “why” of what they are learning, their engagement grows, and their foundational understanding of what they are learning serves as the building blocks for lifelong learning.”

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