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Bring your home school students to the Aquarium! Each month, September through May, the Aquarium hosts engaging STEM-based programs for home school learners in grades K-8. These specially designed programs will challenge and excite your learners by peaking curiosity, building critical thinking skills and encouraging creativity and hands-on exploration. Class themes are adapted to meet the developmental needs of children at their specific K-8 learning levels.

Home School programs are offered in the morning (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) and repeat in the afternoon (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.). Programs are conducted at the Aquarium’s SeaLab facility, a short distance from the main aquarium. Each class can accommodate up to 20 students and is offered to learners at the K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 grade levels.

For more information or registration, please call (361) 881-1234 or email homeschool@txstateaq.org

 

 

Please note: Starting this fall, we will require paperwork for each student to ensure safety and confidence with parents and Aquarium Staff. This will include a student health card, photo release, waiver, and pick up permission slip.
 

Fall 2015

The Necessary Estuary | September 16th, 2015

An estuary is a place where freshwater from a river mixes with saltwater from the sea. Students will explore the many ways estuaries benefit coastal communities by observing our local estuary and understanding how it serves as a nursery for fish and inverts. Students will also learn how animals use these wetlands in their daily lives, and how people interact with them as well!

Time: Morning session – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Afternoon session – 1 p.m.– 3 p.m.

Fee: $12.00 per student – $5.00 per parent

Animal Mimicry     |     October 21st, 2015

Acting like another animal, or even a rock, isn’t for fun – it is for survival! Students will investigate how marine animals us special behavior such as mimicry to hide from prey, confuse their predators, or attract a mate! Through hands on activities, the students will discover the amazing strategies animals have developed to thrive in their environment!

Time: Morning session – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Afternoon session – 1 p.m.– 3 p.m.

Fee: $12.00 per student – $5.00 per parent

Saving Sharks!     |     November 18th, 2015

Sharks have been swimming our seas for millions of years and are essential to healthy oceans, yet their populations are declining. Students will explore the various challenges sharks face in order to survive and thrive in their ocean habitats. Students will discover innovative ways scientists and citizens are studying and saving sharks. A special guest speaker from the Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi Harte Institute will visit the 3rd – 8th grade students to talk about their current shark tracking research!

Time: Morning session – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Afternoon session – 1 p.m.– 3 p.m.

Fee: $12.00 per student – $5.00 per parent

Into the Abyss!     |     December 16th, 2015

Pressure, bizarre creatures and alien landscapes are what you will find when exploring the deep sea. Through hands-on and video-based exploration students will investigate adaptations for survival in the abyss and learn how researchers use technology to explore these dark and unknown ocean regions.

Time: Morning session – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Afternoon session – 1 p.m.– 3 p.m.

Fee: $12.00 per student – $5.00 per parent