Phoenixville area students study oceanography at Science in the Summer

Benjamin Imburgia with Instructor Jame "Sandy" Maxwell are ready to look under the microscope for animal Plankton during the annual GSK Science in the Summer studying Oceanography at the Phoenixville Area Middle School. Photo by Barry Taglieber

Last week, the Phoenixville Public Library hosted the annual GSK Science in the Summer series at the Phoenixville Area Middle School.

The week-long series of classes is sponsored by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline in partnership with The Franklin Institute, and features a different subject of study in each of greater Philadelphias five county library systems for students in second through sixth grade.

In Chester County, this years theme was Oceanography. Students discovered the secrets of the oceans using microscopes, microviewers and magnifying glasses to examine real sea life specimens.

They observed microscopic sea life such as animal plankton and zooplankton and had a chance to touch, draw and learn about many different kinds of sea life including sponges, coral, jellyfish and mollusks. They also learned lots of information about sharks, examining prehistoric shark teeth and a sharks jaw with its rows and rows of teeth.


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