Shelton teachers invited to Aquarium’s open house

The Maritime Aquarium's new research vessel, Spirit of the Sound.

The Maritime Aquarium’s new research vessel, Spirit of the Sound.

Educators are invited to a free after-hours open house to learn how the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s programs and resources, including its new research vessel, can enhance lessons to their students.

The event, called “Fish School,” runs from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Teachers will be shown how they can connect their students and curricula with the Aquarium’s educational programs, which help to fulfill state, Common Core and Next Generation Science standards.

Tom Naiman, the Aquarium’s director of education, said educators of every variety are invited, such as those who present educational content at libraries, community centers and other resources apart from schools.

Research vessel is 63 feet long

The new research vessel, Spirit of the Sound, is a $2.7 million, 63-foot catamaran. It is the country’s only research vessel with a hybrid-electric propulsion system, and is equipped with a large touch tank and classroom space, a remotely operated vehicle for viewing the sea floor, and microscopes connected to a large TV monitor.

Other Maritime Aquarium programs include microscope discoveries, squid dissections and IMAX movies.

On Feb. 25, teachers can preview two IMAX movies — “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” and “Humpback Whales.”

New Aquarium president

The Aquarium’s new president, Brian Davis, will be in attendance. Davis previously was vice president of education and training at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

Admission, a light dinner and parking are all free for “Fish School.” Advance registration (no children or spouses) is required at [email protected] or 203-852-0700, ext. 2206.

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