Stanwich students: Ready to hear tales from under the sea

Lower School students at Stanwich School will hop to a “frogmen” talk on April 19, Earth Day, to hear oceanographer Richard Hyman discuss his personal account of scuba diving with Jacques Cousteau.

In his presentation, Frogmen author Mr. Hyman will take students behind the scenes with Mr. Cousteau’s diving team, inside the legendary ship Calypso and under the sea to some of the world’s most breathtaking underwater scuba diving locations.

After Mr. Hyman’s talk, students will tour Stanwich’s new marine research vessel, a 25-foot Parker motor vessel, which will soon be used by students on Long Island Sound.

Stanwich’s science faculty have had training sessions on the water with the new boat to test out various sampling and analytical oceanographic equipment, ranging from data and sample collection tools to underwater cameras.

An Upper School science teacher recently visited the MarineLab in Key Largo, Fla., where she spent time collaborating with the institution to bring “best practices” back to Stanwich.

After seeing the boat, students will clear the property’s walking trails of fallen branches, and plant the first vegetables in the school’s new garden.

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