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Eva y Patria Custodio Franqui High School

March 17, 2016

On March 17, 2016, we visited Eva y Patria Custodio Franqui High School in Las Marías. There, we were welcomed by around 90 tenth-grade students along with their teacher Prof. Brenda L. Estévez. The Music teacher, History teacher, and Physical Education teacher were also present. For 2 ½ hours, we conducted a workshop on marine ecosystems. Since the teachers were interested in having the students integrate this topic to create a song and to convey the conservation message to younger children, we read the story “El tesoro de Pepe Uca” as part of the mangrove presentation. The students demonstrated their acting skills. Everyone participated, but several students voluntarily came forward to perform. We all enjoyed this artistic intervention. Later, when we talked about seagrasses, we played the importance of this ecosystem game. It also turned out to be very entertaining and interesting. The students could understand the significant role of these seagrasses for organisms seeking refuge there. In the end, we talked about corals and showed them various corals and turtles. The students didn’t want to leave, even though the time was up, without watching the video about ecosystems. When we finished, we handed out several activity books and marine organism stickers. It was undoubtedly a great experience for everyone.

The next day, most of these students traveled from Las Marías to participate in the field trip to Playita Rosada in Lajas. They were very excited and eager to learn about the topics we presented. Along with their teachers (the same ones who were in the workshop) and a mother of a student, they went through each station. This time, Dr. Edgardo Ojeda reintegrated to cover the fisheries topic. The other stations were mangroves, seagrasses, water quality, invertebrates, sand composition, and meteorology. We had an excellent time in which the students had the opportunity to engage in multiple activities that brought them in contact with nature. They observed each mangrove tree, every seagrass in the area, touched the invertebrate organisms, measured water quality, some weather parameters, and learned about fisheries. It was a wonderful day.


March 17, 2016
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Autorizado por la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones CEE-SA-16-893

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