Entirely Echinoderms


    NEW Course! “Echinoderms are a taxonomic group with a huge amount of morphological variation. From pokey to squishy, they have it all! Phylum Echinodermata has something for everyone–I can’t wait to explore this group with my students this summer!”
    ~ Prof. Emma Stein

    Please note: The start date for this course differs from other courses.

    Enrollment Options

    Space Limited

    InstructorProf. Emma Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 7-8 • Junior High
    Grades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Course Length6 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnThursdays, 11:00 - 11:50 AM Pacific - 6/09/22 - 7/17/22

    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 families…

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

    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.