Entirely Echinoderms


    “I loved learning in class about the different echinoderms and how they work, with Prof. Emma’s signature flair of course. This is the perfect course for anyone who wants to learn more about echinoderms.”
    ~ Student L.A.



    Step 1: Register Your Student

    Step 2: Enroll Your Registered Student

    InstructorProf. Emma Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 7-8 • Junior High
    Grades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Course Length3 weeks, 6 webinars
    Live Webinars Held OnTuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 - 1:50 PM Pacific - See below for webinar dates

    Wait, what is an echinoderm? Join us this summer and find out!

    We’ll explore what makes an echinoderm an echinoderm as well as each of the five echinoderm groups…

    • Sea stars (Class Asteroidea)
    • Brittle stars (Class Ophiuroidea)
    • Urchins and sand dollars (Class Echinoidea)
    • Sea cucumbers (Class Holothuroidea)
    • Sea lilies and feather stars (Class Crinoidea)

    …all of which have taken a different approach to what it means to be an echinoderm!

    We’ll be exploring both typical and the slightly wacky members of Phylum Echinodermata, touching on each group’s anatomy, physiology, ecology, evolution, and more!

    Let’s learn about our closest non-chordate relatives this summer!

    Course Webinar Dates:

    • Tuesday, June 13
    • Thursday, June 15
    • Tuesday, June 20
    • Thursday, June 22
    • Tuesday, June 27
    • Thursday, June 29

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Two forums that students will use their knowledge of the material and creativity to complete.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.
    • An activity at the end of the webinar.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 5th-grade level or above.
    • Write a couple sentences independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • None.