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Ocean Week Sea School was outstanding: Maritime Heritage Centre

Children learned about buoyancy, sea life and could watch a shark head dissection

There was lots of excitement at the Maritime Heritage Centre's Sea School on June 5.

"It's part of Ocean Week," says Ericka Anderson, executive director of the Maritime Heritage Centre, who said the whole week has been outstanding so far.

Sea School was more focused on children, with Anderson and Ricky Belanger from the Discovery Passage Aquarium (and its manager and curator) putting it together as a fun way to educate children through activities. Children had the opportunity to colour, build boats out of tinfoil and see how long they would float when marbles were added, origami and button making. There were also touch tanks containing crabs and other sea creatures and a shark head dissection.

"We did this last year, but we had a more scaled-back Ocean Week when Ricky at the aquarium and I started to build up Ocean Week last year. We thought Sea School was a fun way to work together to do a bunch of activities for young kids as an after-school drop-in with their parents," says Anderson.