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2020-2022 Scientific Literacy and Workforce Development Research Projects

Something Very Fishy: A Marine Science STEAM program for elementary schools

Michael Childress, Clemson University, and Meghnaa Tallapragada, Temple University

Clemson University researchers will team with Educational Entertainment LLC to present a musical theater and science outreach program called “Something Very Fishy” to K-5 students in the Upstate, some of whom have never experienced an ocean up close. This musical puppet show will be paired with hands-on science exhibits to present the struggles of marine life in a changing ocean and options for helping protect that ecosystem.

After the show, students embark on an imaginary field trip to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, with Clemson students portraying different careers in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) disciplines at each stop of the trip. The project will train Clemson undergraduate and graduate students to lead marine science outreach programs and instruct K-5 teachers on how to take the lessons of this unique science exhibit back to their classrooms.