Cal Maritime Cadets Lead Fifth Graders on Marine Science Cruise
On Sunday, September 10, six students from California State University Maritime Academy led a Marine Science Cruise for 24 fifth graders and four administrators from Grace Patterson and Beverly Hills Elementary Schools. The project was part of the Visions of the Wild Festival.
The Cal Maritime Cadets led the Vallejo students through marine science activities that included basic navigation, water quality, and plankton tows. Students learned to use a hand bearing compass, measure Bay water clarity and salinity, deploy a plankton net, and use microscopes to examine some of the tiny organisms that live in the Bay.
"The effort is part of an effort to develop ‘ocean literate' maritime professionals – meaning people who possess an understanding of ocean function and value, can communicate that knowledge to others, and will advocate for responsible stewardship of ocean resources," said Dr. Alex Parker, a professor oceanography at Cal Maritime.