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Marine Biology & Oceanography Class through Blue Tent | 2021-22

In this live online Marine Biology & Oceanography class, homeschooled high schoolers will collaborate with their teacher and peers to develop an understanding of how we impact the ocean and how, in turn, the ocean impacts our lives.

  • Students taking this integrated science course will study the chemical, physical, and biological components of the ocean.

  • Marine Biology & Oceanography is divided into four units of study: the ocean environment, organisms of the sea, structure and function of marine ecosystems, and humans and the sea.

  • As students move through the course, they will see the scope narrow as we begin with the study of the ocean itself, move into organisms of the ocean, and then examine human interaction with the ocean.


Class Details

  • Marine Biology & Oceanography is an advanced high school science class.

    • This class is for 10th-12th graders who have previously. completed a high school Biology or Chemistry class.

    • Completion of both Biology and Chemistry will be helpful but is not a prerequisite.

  • Dates: August 23, 2021-May 7, 2022.

    • First live class August 23rd.

    • See our FAQ for complete dates and breaks.

  • Live Classes: Students will share an online classroom but will meet live weekly in two separate sections of approximately 10 students each:

    • Section 1 | Monday 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern. (FULL | WAITLIST)

    • Section 2 | Monday 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern. (OPEN)

  • Live Interaction: All live classes will be held on Zoom.

    • Please note: students will be actively discussing their coursework and collaborating with their peers in the live classes each week, and in order to do that, they should plan to keep their webcams on.

    • Regular attendance in live classes is not optional, but we certainly understand that “life happens.” Since there will be the occasional reason that live attendance is not possible, weekly classes will be recorded for those who find that they must miss a class every so often.

  • ​For age/grade guidelines, prerequisites, and class-fit recommendations for all classes, please see our FAQ page.

Foundational Elements

This course will be taught using the “flipped classroom” model.

  • Students will prepare for class by completing weekly assignments and activities. Those may include textbook reading, videos, podcasts, or current articles.

    • Before each live class, students will complete a short 2-5 question feedback quiz that will help the teacher plan for and tailor the class discussion.

    • Live class time will be spent expanding on the material through discussion, peer activities, group projects, or hands-on labs.

  • A typical week will open on Monday morning and close Saturday afternoon.

    • Live classes on Mondays will reinforce the prior week’s material.

  • Marine Biology & Oceanography will not be test heavy; rather, emphasis will be placed on discussion (both in class and on discussion boards), projects, and labs.

    • My favorite way to assess student knowledge is through group discussion and interaction.

  • I will work to create a safe and welcoming environment for all students.

    • I understand that it can be scary to talk in class, but I promise to help guide students and give them the encouragement needed to feel confident.

    • Discussions are rarely about the “right” answer. Often, just contributing a thought is enough to spark a meaningful dialogue. I will assure students that I don’t always have all “the answers” either and that the key is exploration and inquiry!

  • This class is meant to introduce students to a seminar framework, where regular class participation is valued over teacher-led lectures. I will strive to make this an enjoyable and rewarding experience for us all.


A Variety of Core and Supplemental Resources

Students will be using the 2019 McGraw-Hill Marine Science textbook, and the instructor will utilize interactive learning resources and activities that are closely paired with the text.

  • loaned textbook and digital resources are included in the class tuition.​​

  • Students will watch and discuss podcasts from an array of sources, including “Speak Up For the Ocean Blue,”  “Meet the Ocean,” and “NOAA Ocean Podcasts.”

  • Virtual and hands-on labs will be interwoven throughout the year, and a custom lab kit can be ordered through the instructor.

Collaborate and Enjoy!

This class will be highly interactive utilizing online message boards as well as live class time to develop a truly collaborative and enjoyable course. Whether you live on a coast or thousands of miles inland, Marine Biology & Oceanography can be a fun way to further develop your love of the ocean.

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August 23, 2021 -
May 06, 2022


01:00 PM - 02:00 PM EST


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Multi-session class / camp

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15, 16+



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