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Marine Bio: Aquarium

One-Week Summer Science Program

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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.
Students study marine life in the Marine Biology three-week summer science program


June 26th – 30th, 2022 | 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

Mr. 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 past Marine Biology Programs

‘He allowed room for exploration and even encourage discovery through experience. Steve was very patient and interesting to work with. 10/10.’

‘The program was fast paced and enjoyable… I enjoyed checking the tank, and learning about what being a marine biologist entails. All good things.’

‘One thing I liked about this program was that we were able to go on field trips to better understand the topic. I found it fun, interesting, and I learned a lot from them. Also, having an aquarium made it so much more easier to look at creatures but also interesting. I absolutely love marine science and I thought this program helped a lot.’

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