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Rays-ing Awareness: Spotted Eagle Ray Research at Mote Marine Lab

11/12/2018, 11:30 AM ET

Engaging Girls in STEM with Sea Science

The SciGirls will be embarking on a live, two-way interactive video chat focused on the spotted eagle ray research at Mote Marine Laboratory. Working with Mote Senior Biologist, Dr. Kim Bassos-Hull, the girls will learn about tracking and tagging of spotted eagle rays, their adaptations and ecology, and how and why Mote Marine Laboratory studies these animals. The girls will then work with Ph.D. student and R-program expert, Dr. Krystan Wilkinson, to discuss spotted eagle ray (SER) research at Mote Marine Laboratory using R-program software to better understand the analytical and statistical computing when monitoring and recording these transient fish. Finally, the SciGirls will discover why stingrays are important to the ocean ecosystem and what they can do to help conserve and protect stingrays.

  • Students tuning in will have the opportunity to ask questions with our marine science staff and the SciGirls.

Note: Participating sites willing to be recorded during the livestream will need to collect releases from their participating students.

  • Format: Livestream via Zoom
  • Age (Grade): 11-12 (6th), 12-13 (7th), 13-14 (8th), 14-15 (9th)
  • Duration: 30 mins
  • Fee: FREE
  • Keywords: conservation

Basic Recommended Technology for Livestreams

  • Computer or videoconference system running Zoom. Learn more about Zoom.
  • Large screen TV or projector. Since this is a a two-way video connection, we recommend using a large, bright TV screen over a projector when possible.
  • Webcam or video camcorder. Most laptops have a built in webcam. This can be difficult to position. A better choice is a removable webcam that can be position and focused independently.
  • USB Speaker/microphone. A high quality USB speaker/microphone with echo-cancellation will eliminate feedback.
  • High-speed internet connection. Wired ethernet preferred. Wireless not recommended.
  • Wondering about the tech need to connect? Request a free Tech Check.

Supplemental media featuring Mote research

The following media can be used before or after your live virtual field trip with Mote to enhance the lesson.

  • Search for "Rays" or choose Program>Sharks and Rays Conservation to filter for content best suited for this lesson.


Subject Areas

Life Sciences, Computer Science

Ocean Literacy Principles

OLP #5 The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystemsOLP #6 The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected

The SciGirls Seven

Proven Strategies for Engaging Girls in STEM
  1. Girls benefit from collaboration, especially when they can participate and communicate fairly.
  2. Girls are motivated by projects they find personally relevant and meaningful.
  3. Girls enjoy hands-on, open-ended projects and investigations.
  4. Girls are motivated when they can approach projects in their own way, applying their creativity, unique talents, and preferred learning styles.
  5. Girls’ confidence and performance improves in response to specific, positive feedback on things they can control—such as effort, strategies, and behaviors.
  6. Girls gain confidence and trust in their own reasoning when encouraged to think critically.
  7. Girls benefit from relationships with role models and mentors.

Find out more.

UN SDG icon - #5 Gender Equality
UN SDG icon - #14 Life Below Water