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4-H Science Toolkits - Exploring Marine Science and Aquaculture

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child holding a tiny crabThe Exploring Marine Science and Aquaculture toolkit, developed in partnership with Maine EPSCoR, is based on the National Science Foundation supported SEANET (Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network) program. The activities are designed for youth ages 5 – 8. The 12 activities are intended to be an introduction to marine science and the concept of aquaculture. Activities include basic concepts such as animal structure and how that affects movement, and food chains/food webs. NGSS standards are included for each activity.

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Included in the Exploring Marine Science and Aquaculture toolkit are:

  • Gulf of Maine Guides (5)
  • Portable microscopes (15)
  • Photos of common food products
  • 2” pipe cleaners
  • 12” pipe cleaners
  • Dried seaweed (5 bags)
  • Aluminum trays (5)
  • Sodium Alginate (1 bag)
  • Craft sticks
  • Cups
  • Beads- red, green, and blueGreen bags
  • Green bags
  • Glucose Recipe cards
  • Gold glitter
  • Dice (10)
  • Nitrogen necklaces (15)
  • Stamps (14)
  • Masking tape
  • Ball of twine
  • Jenga (5 sets)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Sprinkles
  • Soda bottle
  • Cotton balls
  • Sand
  • Potting Soil
  • Coffee filters
  • Cups (3oz and 8oz)
  • Play money
  • Wax cord
  • Mesh fabric
  • Straws
  • Coffee stirrers
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper clips
  • Clothespins
  • Rubber bands
  • Aluminum foil
  • Dry erase markers (24)
  • Seaweed Journals

Included Printed Materials

  • Environmental changes cards
  • Seaweed Filter worksheet
  • Seaweed Celebrity cards
  • Materials cost sheet
  • Pressed seaweed samples
  • Go Fish for Seaweed cards
  • “Seaweed vs. Plant” cards
  • “Kelp in your Cupboard” datasheet
  • Venn Diagram
  • Atom Sheet
  • Nitrogen Cycle Station Signs
  • Web of Life necklaces
  • Passport Data Sheet
  • Alginate experiment data sheet
Maine EPSCoR logo This activity is supported by National Science Foundation award #1355457 to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine. NSF logo


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