Greater Huntsville Chapter
  The Links, Incorporated 
5 photo(s) Updated on: 20 Nov 2014

 

The official launch of the Weekend Scholars Program focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (S.T.E.A.M) took place on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the Wetlands Edge Environmental Center (WEEC) in Decatur, Alabama.  Students were very intrigued and excited about all of the live displays that they were able to touch and manipulate.  Mrs. Molly Ferrel (teacher at WEEC), was the tour guide and presented students with facts about all of the living species at WEEC.  Students were able to ask questions, dispel faulty logic, and learn many new and exuberant things related to marine life and other species that are indigenous to this region.

There were two floor-touch tanks.  One was a marine tank that held 1,650 gallons of saltwater and the other one was a 780-gallon freshwater ecosystem.  Listed below are just some of the things that students learned about:

 

  • Sea anemones-hollow animals with only a mouth
  • Lion fish, Cane toads, Asian Water Monitor- which are all "Invasive Species" meaning that they are not native to a specific location (an Introduced species); and has a tendency to spread, which is believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy and/or human health.

They also got to see and/or handle the following:

  • Alligator
  • Corn Snakes
  • Black Sea Urchin
  • Tree Frog
  • Spider Crabs
  • Shark
  • Turtles

A very special thank-you is extended to Link Belinda Savage-Edwards for her hard work and dedication regarding the coordination of the participants.  In addition,  a special thank you is in order for Link Bettina Moore who was in attendance and provided snacks for the students.

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