Marine Biology Through History – Middle Fall


    “I was inspired to create this course after reading about the discovery of the coelacanth and the ripples it sent through culture. This course will explore the fascinating intersection between science, history, and culture–and we’ll have fun while we’re at it! I’m especially looking forward to highlighting marine biologists from underrepresented groups and discoveries that are often overlooked.” ~ Prof. Emma



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    Whale skeleton for Marine Biology Through History course at Athena's Advanced Academy
    InstructorProf. Emma Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Grades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Course Length8 weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnMondays, 11:00 - 11:50 AM Pacific - Middle Semester - 10/16/23 - 12/16/23

    Humans have been looking to the sea since the dawn of humanity. From the age of Aristotle to the modern day, humans have been recording their oceanic discoveries.

    Some people ask: “Is marine biology really that important? Are marine biologists that important?” Well, yes! Did you know that a marine biologist saved our global ecosystem from DDT? How about that it was a marine biologist who first coined the term “keystone species”? And did you know that Charles Darwin was a huge fan of barnacles?

    In our six-week course, we’ll combine history with science as we explore monumental marine biologists and their discoveries throughout history. From coelacanths to SCUBA, there’s lots to learn! Primary resources will be provided in the classroom for students to explore.

    History is being made every second! At the end of our course, students will have an opportunity to research and present about a modern-day marine biologist in an optional presentation.

    Brush up on your histor-sea this summer!

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

    • Two forums – in which students will explore historical documentation and the careers of marine biologists from the time period we are discussing.

    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.