NORWALK, Conn. -- The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is inviting local teachers to attend a free open house to learn about educational opportunities.
The event will allow teachers to explore and preview the aquarium’s exhibits, educational programs and IMAX movies as part of "Fish School" from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. The purpose of the event is to show teachers how they can connect their students and curricula with the aquarium’s unique educational programs.
“The Maritime Aquarium is an incredible educational resource for the region, yet many teachers may not know what we offer beyond being a fun place for a field trip,” said aquarium President Jennifer Herring. “We can bring to life teachers’ lessons in environmental education, animal adaptations, ecosystems and other science curricula – and all of it helps to meet Connecticut, New York and New Jersey STEM standards.”
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.
“Fish School” will include details about financial aid for field trips, including busing. The “Fish School” open house also will let teachers understand how to incorporate the Aquarium’s IMAX movies into their lessons, during screenings of “Tornado Alley” at 5:30 p.m. and “Great White Shark” at 7 p.m.
Free light fare will be served during the evening. Aquarium programs, memberships and other prizes will be awarded in drawings.
“Fish School” is free to educators. No spouses or children will be allowed. Advance registration is required and IMAX seats are limited. Educators can reserve space by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.