Free Structured School Programs

The Aquarium proudly offers free programming to classes through the donation-funded Structured School Program. Students visiting the Aquarium as part of the Structured School Program participate in classroom activities that reinforce South Carolina state science standards.

The program is offered daily mid-October through mid-May. Teachers of all subjects are invited to apply. At the close of the application process, forms are chosen at random through a lottery system. Our programs are free, but we do require all participating K-12th grade teachers to attend a three-hour training workshop (the first year they are selected) prior to bringing their class to the Aquarium.

Our Program

Students participating in the Structured School Program will take part in grade-specific, standards-based classroom programs. We provide complimentary pre-visit and post-visit standards-based curriculum online.

Descriptions

Grades K-2
Habitats

Students will discover South Carolina habitats and what living creatures need to survive as they play a habitat matching game and meet some of the Aquarium’s live animals.

Standards: K-2.1, 1-2.1, 1-2.5, 2-2.1, 2-2.3

K-2 Scavenger Hunt

K-2 Scavenger Hunt Answer Key

Grades 3-5
Communities (Food Chains and Adaptations)

Students will participate in an interactive game as well as meet some of the Aquarium’s live animals as they discuss food chains and the adaptations organisms need for survival.

Standards: 3-2.2, 3-2.3, 3-2.4, 3-2.5, 4-2.1, 4-2.2,
4-2.3, 4-2.5, 5-2.3, 5-2.4, 5-2.5

3-5 Scavenger Hunt

3-5 Scavenger Hunt Answer Key

Grades 6-8
Watersheds

Environmental Scene Investigation (E.S.I.)! Students solve an environmental investigation. They will run tests, examine case studies and diagnose data to discover who is to blame for the watershed problems.

Standards: 6-1.4, 6-3.4, 6-4.2, 7-1.6, 7-4.3, 7-4.5, 7-5.6, 8-1.3, 8-2.1, 8-2.7

6-8 Scavenger Hunt

6-8 Scavenger Hunt Answer Key

High School
Human Impacts (Sea Turtles)

Sea Turtle Emergency Room! Students will participate in a mock diagnosis of two injured sea turtles by examining x-rays, sifting through fecal samples, running blood tests and doing external observations. They will discover why sea turtles strand and what they can do to help.

Standards: B-1.1, B-1.5, B-1.6, B-5.7, B-6.1, B-6.6

9-12 Scavenger Hunt

9-12 Scavenger Hunt Answer Key

Logistics

Please review the links below before your visit.

SSP Fieldtrip Logistics

Directions to Workshops

Reservation Checklist and Behavior Agreement

Teacher Workshops

All K-12 teachers bringing a class to the Aquarium are required to attend a workshop. Teachers who have already attended a three-hour Aquarium workshop for the Structured School Program need not attend another workshop but should list their name and the year they attended the workshop on the application form.

Workshop Dates

Charleston

October 5, 2013
October 19, 2013
November 23, 2013
December 14, 2013
January 11, 2014
February 8, 2014
March 8, 2014

K-5th: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
6-12th: 1 – 4 p.m.

Reservations are required.
For questions, reservations or more information, contact Education at (843) 577-FISH or email Education@scaquarium.org

Columbia

October 26, 2013
February 1, 2014

K-12th: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Reservations are required.
For questions, reservations or more information, contact Education at (843) 577-FISH or email Education@scaquarium.org

Spartanburg
November 2, 2013

K-12th: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Reservations are required.
For questions, reservations or more information, contact Education at (843) 577-FISH or email Education@scaquarium.org

Apply for a Program

Structured School Program applications will be available in Spring 2014.
If you have any questions, please contact us at education@scaquarium.org.

Professional Development

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facilitates two teacher workshops per school year that are hosted by the South Carolina Aquarium. Teachers will learn how to use inquiry- and standards-based lessons to teach compelling reasons for ocean exploration. The two-part series includes a fall and spring workshop. The workshops are geared toward 5th-12th grade teachers who are interested in ocean science. Teachers who attend the FREE workshops receive curriculum materials, lunch and a stipend. Additionally the workshops offer a great networking environment. To learn more about the 2013-2014 workshops, click on the links below.

November 16, 2013

Vol. 1 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: Why do we Explore?

March 29, 2014

Vol. 2 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: How do we Explore?