On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3, area educators and school administrators receive free admission to the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk during “Teachers’ Weekend” for the opportunity to learn how to use the aquarium as a standards-fulfilling educational resource.
Each year, thousands of students from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey participate in the aquarium’s educational programs — during field trips to the aquarium, through “Traveling Teacher” programs presented at schools, during field explorations at local beaches, and out on Long Island Sound aboard the aquarium’s revolutionary hybrid-electric research vessel.
But many school teachers do not know how the Maritime Aquarium’s programs can help to fulfill Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
“The Aquarium is an incredible educational resource for the region, bringing to life lessons in environmental, life and earth sciences, yet many teachers may not know what we offer beyond being a fun place for a field trip,” said Tom Naiman, the aquarium’s director of education. “We want the Maritime Aquarium to be an extension of the classroom for every teacher in the region.”
What’s Available for Educators
—During “Teachers’ Weekend,” educators will receive free aquarium admission: a $26.95 value for adults.
—Plus, both days between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., educators can see demonstrations of some of the aquarium’s 35+ educational programs that are available for students from pre-K to high school.
—They also can preview IMAX movies and tour the aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound to learn about the unique educational opportunities with students out on the Sound.
—Additionally, aquarium educators will be available to offer details about professional-development opportunities. (The Maritime Aquarium recently became the only Connecticut location to earn an invitation to join 100kin10, a national initiative dedicated to solving the STEM teacher shortage by 2021.)
If You’re Going …
- Admission and parking are free for teachers but advance registration is required. The free admission offer does not extend to family members or others arriving with teachers.
- Learn more about the Maritime Aquarium’s “Teachers’ Weekend” and register by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.