A Study of the Gulf of Mexico: Learning in a High School Marine Biology Laboratory

By Margaret B Bogan.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies

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Published online: December 17, 2014 $US5.00

Florida’s high school marine biology curriculum requires a study of the ocean currents. In addition to the traditional method of supplying maps to label current names and temperatures, students participated in “The Bottle Lab.” This experiment required students to write messages to include the month/year bottles were placed at one mile intervals in the Gulf of Mexico. When possible, students wrote in multiple languages (English, Spanish, French, Creole and German). The bottles were labeled and paraffin sealed. Bottles were retrieved west to Texas, east to the French coast, and south to Cuba’s north shore. Students learned the concepts of dedication to education and commitment to learning when listening to the Skipper who sailed the bottles into the Gulf of Mexico and communicating with soldiers in the Gulf War.

Keywords: Ocean Currents, Community Involvement, Learning Commitment

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Volume 8, Issue 2, December 2014, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 17, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 435.255KB)).

Dr. Margaret B Bogan

Associate Professor of Science Education, CIC, Florida Gulf Coast University, Auburndale, Florida, USA

Dr. Margaret B. Bogan is currently an Associate Professor of Science Education at the Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Florida, USA. Her interests are in methods that engage students to learn academic content through experience concomitantly assimilating the concepts of magnitude, dedication and commitment. She is a nature photographer with a book on Florida plant identification currently on review by the University Press of Florida. She is a member of a Florida Creek Indian tribe, and has presented on native versus western science knowledge and knowledge acquisition. She was the recipient of several Eisenhower environmental science education and EPA grants. She has authored several books to include, Creating Environmentally Literate Citizens and Web Teaching: Creating Community in the Classroom, a general secondary pedagogy text.