In January, Olivia Ahern, an outreach scientist and master’s candidate from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), visited Eldridge to present a program titled, Our Narragansett Bay, Health and Challenges to Mrs. Marcotte’s 5th Grade Class.
Olivia’s program focused on the 2003 Greenwich Bay Fish Kill an explored the effects of past nutrient overload to Greenwich Bay. She also taught the students about population sampling and using mean as a statistical landmark.
Some great questions were posed by the students, during and following, her presentation, including:
“Which fish was washed up the most?”
“Did the fish die immediately?”
“What happened to the bigger fish that ate the fish that were killed?”
“Would a natural disaster, like an oil spill, do the same thing?”
“Has there ever been a red tide?”
At the end, when the students were posed with the question, “How would a scientist figure out about how many fish are in the bay?” they knew the answer:
“You can use population sampling!”
Olivia then connected the students back to their own experience with the sampling trawl on the Save The Bay vessel back in October.