By Cristina Reo
This month’s theme was Creatures of the Deep, celebrating the weird and the wonderful!
We hosted a “creatures of the deep” Fun Friday that taught kids about deep sea creatures and the adaptations that allow them to survive in such a difficult and vast environment. We also hosted “spooky creatures” Fun Friday where families explored ominous creatures and their amazing adaptations. Octopus yoga was a crowd favorite; participants were guided on a deep sea experience as they explored the wonderful world of octopuses while enjoying the serenity of a yoga practice. Finally, we capped off the month with our annual Halloween Mad Scientist Laboratory. Families joined for fun (and messy) science experiments that left them screaming with curiosity!
For our youngest explorers, we hosted a morning and afternoon Sea Squirts session about balance, where kids stacked blocks, practiced standing on one foot, made balance sculptures, and played balance themed board games. October Little Dippers has been full of exploration and movement in rain, sun, and wind. The children have investigated the concept of floating and sinking. They also investigated mosses and lichens, local birds, mammals, and invertebrates.
During this month’s Trivia Night, “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” contestants were asked questions about topics that we teach in our Discovery Room program at Mt. Eccles Elementary School. This trivia night left people saying, “I need to go back to school” and “I wish I went to school in Cordova!” We hosted three Tuesday Night Talks. The first was presented by Collin Bronson of the City of Cordova discussing the South Harbor Reconstruction Project. The next was presented by Tory Rhodes of ADF&G, As the Seasons Tern: 10 years of Aleutian tern surveys. Sierra Greene of UAF and Aaron Jones of ASG capped off the month with a presentation about Environmental Drivers of Growth on Kelp and Oyster Farms.
We visited every grade at the elementary school this month as part of our Discovery Room program.