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Training on the Educational Guide: Coral Reefs

November 11, 2016 - November 12, 2016

The Sea Grant Program of the University of Puerto Rico, together with the non-profit organization Amigos de Tres Palmas, conducted the first training on the educational guide: Coral Reefs at the University of Mayagüez Campus and the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve in Rincón. This activity took place from November 11th to 12th, 2016, and involved 18 teachers from public and private schools in Puerto Rico, ranging from elementary to higher education.

On November 11th, teachers received scientific content about this ecosystem and had the opportunity to carry out different activities and labs that they could replicate with their students in the classroom. They built an edible coral polyp, conducted a lab to identify types of corals, engaged in a virtual dive, and learned how to use a bathymetric map to locate corals around Puerto Rico, among other activities. Additionally, they performed the story “El sueño de Pepe y Lulo” to learn about some threats that coral reefs face and conducted an ocean acidification lab.

On November 12th, teachers visited the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve in Rincón. There, they rotated through various stations to get to know the Reserve and the organisms that inhabit it. Dr. Miguel Canals Silander talked to them about currents, waves in the area, the buoy that CARICOOS has in Rincón, and the work they are doing in this program. They also toured the area, learned about the sands and the contribution of corals to them, and received a talk about lionfish and the ecosystems in this Reserve. At the end, those teachers with aquatic skills went snorkeling to see the characteristic corals of this place—particularly, the elkhorn coral—and other organisms that live on this reef.

In addition to these experiences, educators took with them the educational guide for teachers about the coral reef with the student manual, the storybook “El sueño de Pepe y Lulo,” with its activity book, and a DVD with all the activities, presentations, music, videos, and other materials they can use in the classroom.

It was a very enriching activity for everyone. Teachers enjoyed it immensely and significantly increased their knowledge of this important ecosystem.

Review written by: Delmis del C. Alicea Segarra, EdD, Edited by Cristina D. Olán Martínez, MA
Photos were taken by Brenda Estévez Moreno and María de los Angeles Rodríguez Vélez.


November 11, 2016
November 12, 2016
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Autorizado por la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones CEE-SA-16-893

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