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It is clear from Emily’s post that The Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean is an amazing organization who’s visit to Courageous Sailing Center is highly anticipated every year by students and staff alike!

I used to work for Rozalia Project as their Director of Outreach, so I know first hand how influential this organization really is.  Not only does Rozalia Project pick up trash from the surface of the water, the sea floor, and off beaches and coastlines around the country, but they also study the debris they find.  At Courageous, we use Rozalia Project’s data card to keep track of all the trash that we pick up.  This shows students that cleaning up debris really does make a difference and is part of important scientific studies.  Rozalia Project analyzes the data that we give them, along with their own data, to try to work towards solutions to marine debris. You can find Rozalia Project’s data card to use at your own facility here.

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Last week Step 1 split into two groups and did a "trash race" in the park to see who could pick up the most trash. They learned about marine debris and all of the reasons why it is harmful to animals and our economy. We learned that 70% of all the trash found in water comes from on land. Instructors helped collect the trash and tally it in various categories, a system created by the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean. The Rozalia Project is a group of people who travel around New England on a sailboat called the American Promise, picking up trash and educating others about keeping the ocean clean. The Rozalia Project has been visiting Boston for the past week, and Step 1 got to go on the boat and see what the Rozalia Project does. They showed us their trash-collecting robot, Hector the Collector, and we even got to see it in action. The kids learned that they really do make a difference when it comes to cleaning up the ocean. It was a great week for the instructors as well!

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This week is Crustacean Crusaders week!  We are lucky at Courageous that we have lobster traps along the dock that we can pull up so our campers can meet many sea creatures up close.  Among the common creatures that we find in our traps, most are crustaceans so our students are very familiar with local crabs and lobsters.  

Boston Harbor is home to many different crustaceans including barnacles, crabs, and lobsters, but our weekly activities focused on crabs.  After reviewing the characteristics of crustaceans, such as their jointed appendages, two pairs of antennae, and exoskeleton, we focused on the crabs found in Boston Harbor that are actually invasive species.  The European Green Crab and Asian Shore Crab are more common in Boston Harbor than some of our native species, such as Red Rock crabs and Jonah crabs. 

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As Claire mentioned in the last post, this week students learned about marine mammals as part of this week’s theme: “Marine Mammal Maniacs.”  At the beginning of the lesson I discuss with the students the definition of and facts about marine mammals.  Then, most importantly, I relate it back to local species and we focus on marine mammals found in Boston Harbor and Massachusetts. 

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Today in step 2, we taught the students general information on marine mammals. First, they all tried to figure out the five things that differentiate marine mammals from other animals that live in the sea. After that, the students got to see what it would feel like to have blubber, like some of the marine mammals. Each student stuck one hand in a bag of shortening.  Then they put both their covered hand and their uncovered hand in a bucket of ice water to see how their covered hand didn't get cold. This was a great activity because each student was so excited and waited patiently for their turn. They even asked to go a second and third time! After this activity we played the no teeth game with marine mammal names. For this game, everyone sits in a circle and says the name of their marine mammal twice and then the name of some one else's marine mammal twice. This game has a catch though; you can never show your teeth. The students liked this game because it was fun, challenging, and helped them learn different marine mammal species and animals.

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