WWU marine center lets students plunge into science
Skagit Valley Herald
February 16, 2015
ANACORTES — It’s a drizzly, February day, but the spirits of the elementary school students at Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center are bright as they scour the beach for signs of marine life.
Some of them find limpets and barnacles, others find crawly creatures with claws that cling to their fingers as they bring them to an instructor for identification. Of course, there are also the birds that need identifying: cormorants and loons that bob in the water.
“We’ve been bringing our organisms to the school,” said Shannon Point Director Erika McPhee-Shaw. “This is the first time they’ve gotten to come tiding.”
As they head indoors from the beach, the students, mostly in grades 3-6, put on their “scientist attitudes,” pick up barnacle-covered rocks and get ready to learn.
For the past four days, the kids have participated in an early-release enrichment program, one that focuses on marine sciences and STEM enrichment classes for elementary school kids….