Tracking Loggerhead Sea Turtles with High School Science Students
Students at the high school level have few opportunities to engage in science outside their classrooms. Coonamessett Farm Foundation brings active research on the threatened loggerhead sea turtle to classrooms at Falmouth High School, Falmouth, MA and Jonathan Law High School, Milford. CT.
Falmouth High School students assemble for CFF's Trackng Sea Turtles program during "Clipper Time" in April 2019.
CFF's “Turtle Tagging Project: Tracking Loggerheads in the Atlantic Ocean” gives Marine Ecology, Environmental Sciences and STEM students the opportunity to participate in an ongoing research project.
The project centers around the study of a single loggerhead turtle to which CFF has affixed (or “tagged” with) an underwater, GPS monitoring device. CFF researchers will share select data from the tagging device with FHS students at regular intervals, providing a window into the methods scientists use to conduct marine research, as well as the tools for understanding of ocean ecology and marine life. Students will have the opportunity to assimilate the real-world concepts into their current classroom curriculum.