CT teachers invited to visit aquarium for free

Educators will have The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk all to themselves for free on Wed., Feb. 26 as they explore and preview the Aquarium’s exhibits, educational programs and IMAX® movies.

The teachers’ open house, called “Fish School,” will run from 4 to 8 p.m.
The purpose of the free event is to show teachers how they can connect their students and curricula with the Aquarium’s unique educational programs. Plus, the event offers IMAX movie screenings and the chance to preview The Maritime Aquarium’s newest “get close” opportunity: “Jiggle A Jelly,” a special touch-a-jellyfish exhibit.

During “Fish School,” Aquarium educators will staff display tables throughout the galleries, explaining such topics as the Aquarium’s successful Whole School Partnership programs, which are helping to close the achievement gap in seven area schools. And some of the many educational programs that the Aquarium offers, from microscope discoveries to squid dissections, will be demonstrated.

Teachers also can learn about The Maritime Aquarium’s new research vessel, due for its maiden study cruises this spring. The $2.7 million, 65-foot catamaran will have a hybrid propulsion system, making it bigger, quieter and greener than the Aquarium’s current 34-year-old trawler. The new boat will have a climate-controlled indoor classroom and an outdoor research space with total capacity of 65, more than twice that of the Aquarium’s current 40-foot boat.

Eileen FitzGerald