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One-Week Summer Science Program 2024

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    Are you considering Marine Biology as a career? Do you want to explore underwater communities and bring them to life?!

You’re in for a special treat! In this hands-on program, students will create their very own underwater ecosystems in our 55-gallon fish tanks. After learning about the different types of underwater ecosystems, students will take their knowledge to the water and put together one saltwater and one freshwater aquarium. 
As you help plan for and assemble the aquariums, you will become fluent in what constitutes an ecosystem. What fish are aggressive and what fish are community members? What are the differences in anatomy of freshwater and saltwater fish, and what are characteristics of aquarium plants that thrive in different conditions and why? You will get your creative juices flowing, designing your own renderings of dream aquariums for home and museum display. You may create touch tanks, as well. Through hands-on work, teens will gain substantial cross-disciplinary scientific knowledge, all while having fun!
 You might take a freshwater ecosystem, filling it to the brim with little guys you’ve seen in the real world. There is so much to learn about these creatures you might usually pass right by. For example, did you know that a crab is an omnivore? They’re known to be little scavengers, eating everything in their paths. And have you ever thought about the way a scallop swims? They open and close their shells and propel themselves backwards.


June 24 – 28, 2024 | Olin/Wellesley, MA 

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 The saltwater ecosystem will take some special love. You’ll learn about the carbon cycle and salt levels, calibrating the water to make it a safe environment. Then it’s time for some REALLY cool additions. Coat the bottom of the tank with the right amount of rocks and sand, add some sea grass, and then watch your tropical fish explore! 

From horseshoe crabs to guppies to lobsters, there will be no shortage of fun creatures to observe in this brand new program. Roll up your sleeves! We’re introducing you to the COOLEST new hobby – and potential lifelong passion!


Instructor: Marco Pedulli

Dr. Pedulli earned his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Massachusetts. He currently teaches marine biology at the South Shore Charter School. Previously, he was a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, working to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats.

Student Comments from Summer 2023

‘The program provided us with information on how to set up an aquarium (the steps, materials, cost, type, etc.) Marco educated us on a  lot of topics, was very kind and provided us with helpful feedback for our presentations. My favorite part was setting up the water/sand in a tank and the presentation about a marine/aquatic animal of our choice.’ 

‘I liked that it wasn’t just about fish. I also liked that Dr. Pedulli was teaching us about stuff we would use in all aspects of science (graphing, presenting, slideshows, etc). I loved all of the discussions and projects.’ 

‘I liked that the program allowed us to work with an actual aquarium, and that we got to do things like measure PH and salinity. My teacher was very kind and I loved how he gave us projects to complete when we were done with an activity.’

Note: this page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver, but is subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

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