POP Catholic students visit Dauphin Island
One of the highlights of the seventh grade at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Hoover is the October trip to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Students recently spent three memorable days and two nights at this marine science educational and research facility located on Mobile Bay and stayed in dormitories.
While there, they learned about new technology that scientists use to study the ocean and built their own remotely-operated vehicle, which they tested in the Sea Lab’s pool. Outside, they “sank into their studies” by dragging seine nets, sieving mud and scooping up animals in the salt marsh. The students explored the ocean aboard the research vessel Alabama Discovery. They learned about the biology, ecology, and diversity of the incredible ecosystem by trawling to collect and identify animals that inhabit Alabama’s coastal waters.
Teachers and parent chaperones were active participants, too, assisting with projects and demonstrations while they supervised the students on their awesome island adventure.
Prince of Peace combines innovative teaching with state of the art technology and offers amazing field experiences tied to the classroom curriculum. POP parents are welcomed to become involved in the school through various volunteer opportunities throughout the school year.