Thanks to a grant provided by PRISM (Professional Resources in Science and Mathematics), the science education center at Montclair State University, Hillside students will have the opportunity to take a virtual fieldtrip to the rainforests of Panama without ever leaving their classroom. Wednesday, February 15 (9:20-11:40am), and Thursday, February 16 (9:20am-3:20pm), 13 sixth grade classes will talk with Hillside teacher, Dr. Katrina Macht, on Barro Colorado Island (BCI). Located in Gatun Lake, part of the Panama Canal waterway, BCI is a field station operated by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. During the 40-minute interactive video broadcasts students will be able to converse directly with Dr. Macht, as well as guest scientists and science educators, in this forest location.
Running throughout the month of February, the Rainforest Connection Live! videoconference sessions, presented in both English and Spanish, will involve classes in schools throughout New Jersey. Each session will address a major theme in ecology, with topics that include predator-prey relationships, decomposition, the role of invertebrates in a forest system, and monkey adaptations. The sessions with Hillside’s sixth graders will emphasize an introduction to tropical forest ecology and predator adaptations. Katrina Macht is in Panama to host the first week of the month-long broadcasts.
For more information please contact Dr. Macht at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @DrKatMacht and @BRRootsShoots.