Grades 9-12 Instructor-Led Programs

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Oceanic Occupations

Join us as we explore a variety of career pathways one can take to care for our animals here at Georgia Aquarium. Dive deep below our ocean waves and explore how animal care specialists, chemists, engineers, and nutritionists keep Georgia Aquarium afloat! Can you see yourself pursuing any of these careers? Let’s see if you have what it takes!

  • Essential Questions
    --If I love the sciences and learning about the natural world, what are some potential careers for me?
    --What is the relationship between individuals learning about environmental problems and their conservation attitudes, knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors?
    --What is the value of research and conservation efforts, and how has technology shaped these efforts at Georgia Aquarium and beyond?
  • Key Concepts
    --The impact of human activities on the natural world; evaluation of human activity and technology; personal passions and strengths, and careers that align with them
  • Skills
    --Ask quality questions; critically evaluate science in the media; reflect on personal passions, strengths, and career goals


Animal Behavior

Before animals can live in an aquarium, biologists must understand what they need and how they behave. Students will discover how the Aquarium staff maintains the health of our animals as well as the training and enrichment techniques used in the process.

  • Essential Questions
    --How do researchers observe and interpret animal behaviors?
    --What is the importance of animal training and enrichment?
  • Key Concepts
    --Observation is the best way to study and understand animal behavior. Understanding animal behavior helps to maintain animals in aquariums and to protect their populations in the wild.
  • Skills
    --Observations, asking questions, cause and effect


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