Spring 2014

Each group that visits SERC for the Estuary Chesapeake program gets a souvenir- a set of data from your estuary investigation! We have compiled the data for you in a master spreadsheet. We also have provided links for you to download this data as a .pdf or a .xls spreadsheet. All data collected so far during the Fall 2013 season can be found in the following pages. Click the link of the week that your school visited SERC to see the data you collected.

3/31/14 – 4/4/14

4/7/14 – 4/11/14

4/14/14 – 4/18/14

4/21/14 – 4/25/14

4/28/14 – 5/2/14

5/5/14 – 5/9/14

5/12/14 – 5/16/14

5/19/14 – 5/23/14

5/27/14 – 5/30/14

6/2/14 – 6/6/14

6/9/14 -6/13/14

The great thing about this data is that you can compare the data you collected with data from other schools around the same time as your trip, or from a different part of the season. This allows you and your students to compare and contrast data and identify trends.

SERC welcomes students from grades 4-8 for our Estuary Chesapeake Program. When viewing and discussing your data, you may want to know about the schools you are comparing with. The information is sorted chronologically in the table below.

School Date
St. Pius 3/31/2014
South Baltimore 4/2/2014
St. Pius 4/3/2014
Wood Elementary 4/9/2014
Wood Elementary 4/10/2014
Wood Elementary 4/11/2014
Light House Academy 4/14/2014
Westside Elementary 4/15/2014
St. Andrews 4/16/2014
Sandy Spring 4/17/2014
Sheridan 4/21/2014
Bull Run 4/22/2014
Bull Run 4/23/2014
Auburn 4/24/2014
Christ Episcopal 4/28/2014
Old Mill 4/29/2014
Meade Middle 5/5/2014
Old Mill 5/5/2014
Indian Creek 5/6/2014
Lake Shore Christian 5/7/2014
Sisters Academy 5/7/2014
School of the Incarnation 5/8/2014
Bradley Elementary 5/9/2014
DC Bilingual 5/12/2014
St. Peter 5/13/2014
Piney Orchard 5/14/2014
Piney Orchard 5/15/2014
Chevy Chase 5/19/2014
Elkridge 5/20/2014
French International 5/20/2014
Chevy Chase 5/21/2014
French International 5/21/2014
Elkridge 5/22/2014
Moret 5/23/2014
Washington International 5/27/2014
St. John 5/28/2014
Pot Spring 5/29/2014
Bannockburn 5/30/2014
Beth Tfiloh 6/2/2014
Carroll Creek Montessori 6/2/2014
Matsununga 6/3/2014
Matsununga 6/4/2014
Matsununga 6/5/2014
Matsununga 6/6/2014
St. Matthias 6/9/2014
Newington Forest 6/10/2014
Newington Forest 6/11/2014
Severna Park 6/12/2014
Horace Mann 6/13/2014
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How Blue Crabs Molt

If you have visited SERC and participated in an Estuary Chesapeake Field Trip, you learned about the life cycle of a Blue Crab. As a Blue Crab grows, it sheds its old shell as it goes through a process called molting. Have you ever wondered how a Blue Crab grows its new shell?

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The crab forms a new and soft shell underneath the old one before it molts. Once the crab molts and has left its exoskeleton, its new shell begins to grow very quickly. While the shell is growing the crab pumps calcium and carbonate ions into the shell. Once these ions are pumped to the shell, the crab uses a protein to create calcium carbonate and the shell is hard.

Take a look at the articles below for more information about molting and the creation of crab shells!

https://www.mpg.de/5720889/W004_Materials-Technology_072-079.pdf

 

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