Project Based Learning, Science

STEM Coral Reef Conservation Project

October 30, 2019, Author: St. Thomas

At St. Thomas the Apostle, we believe we can do more together and we help inspire our students to do just that.

As part of our STEM and Project Based Learning curriculum, our 4th and 5th grade students were free to explore and obtain a deeper knowledge of coral reefs and coral bleaching through a series of stimulating activities and experiences including a hands-on ocean acidification experiment, reading a graphic novel about corals, and a field trip to the Moody Gardens Aquarium and Coral Rescue Lab.

After learning about the impacts of ocean acidification due to increased atmospheric CO2 levels, our students were so moved that they wanted to do something to help.

Supported by our amazing science teacher Mrs. Vetter, our students sold coreal-themed crafts and cookie to raise over $400 for the NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, a coral reef conservation site which is close to the coast of Galveston.

On Oct. 30, Kelly Drinnen, the Education and Outreach Specialist for the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, came out to St. Thomas to speak to our students about our underwater treasures and to accept our students’ donations.

On Nov. 1 they will be video-conferencing with a marine ecologist to go even deeper into the subject.

Thank you to all who supported our 4th & 5th grade students with a purchase of cookies or a craft. You too know #wecandomoretogether!

Our students’ efforts were event highlighted in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas’s blog and online newsletter, the Diolog. We invite you click this link to read the article on