Students in 4th and 5th grade at Fulton Learning Center (FLC) have been participating in campus-based field trips correlated with the Floating Texas Classroom (FTC) project.
In a normal school year, FLC students would have boarded the R/V Archimedes at Rockport Harbor for a marine adventure out at sea. However, this year the FTC went to the school instead. Funding for the educational visits was provided by a $2,000 grant from the San Antonio Bay Partnership.
The mission of the FTC project is to provide hands-on marine education and a platform for research to students of the Texas Gulf Coast and beyond.
Captain Whitney Curry and Captain Brian Curry led discussions and lessons on marine food webs and the structures and functions of various forms of sea life they had previously collected from local bays. Captain Curry has been instructing students with the FTC for 12 years.
Students studied and learned many interesting facts about Lined Seahorses, Mantis Shrimp, Blue Crabs, and Lightning and Pear Whelks. Students also studied plankton and its role in marine food webs.