A study trip was organized for the children of class VI to VIII on 19th July 2018 conducted by Bay of life’s outdoor learning program. This trip helped the students to build a strong relationship with the environment and provides the required scientific know how. The trip was primarily based in Kovalam, where students learned through hands-on environmental science programs.
The students got to know about the basic rules of the beach and the ecosystem, the kinds of aquatic ecosystems and the designs adapted by the animals that occupy this niche. After the talk, the students did the first activity ‘Scavenger Hunt’.
They walked along the beach and collected specimens of corals, seashells and other materials usually found along a beach. This was followed by a live specimen study, through which the children learned about various life forms and got to understand the marine ecosystem. Topics covered were-habitat, habit, food chain, food web, adaptation, exoskeleton, endoskeleton, scales, respiration, metabolism, digestion, feeding habits and reproduction.
After a short break – there was a visit to the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI). Here the students were able to view sea-water samples, analyzed sand grains and classified them based on morphology, observe the movement of macro mollusks and other macroscopic nauplius larvae. They also interacted with the scientists and their research work on sand lobsters, spiny lobsters, and flatfish.
The visit includes with a Walk along the backwaters of Muttukadu and understanding the importance of brackish water ecology, studying the habit and habitats of resident and migratory birds. Students had an edutainment trip which will help them to connect with their environment.