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STOCKTON FWO: Stockton FWO Employees Speak at Annual Mother Daughter Science Camp
California-Nevada Offices , January 11, 2012
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Students making plant cell models in the lab at U.C. Merced
Students making plant cell models in the lab at U.C. Merced - Photo Credit: USFWS

On January 11, 2012, Stockton Fish and Wildlife Service (STFWO) employees Pam Tarelli and Louanne McMartin participated in the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) annual Mother and Daughter Science Camp. The science camp consisted of 12 mother and daughter teams along with three instructors. The camp has been held once a week for approximately eight consecutive weeks at the University of California at Merced or Castle Science and Technology center located in Atwater, California.

The goal of the science camp was to encourage fourth and fifth grade girls to take an interest in the fields of science, math, and engineering. As guest speakers,Tarelli and McMartin gave a short talk about their education and employment backgrounds, and the various types of work the STFWO performs in fisheries and with invasive species. They followed their talk with a power point presentation showing women from the STFWO performing a variety of field work including beach seining, kodiak and mid water trawling, boating, lab work, and even a whale rescue. While answering questions, they passed around samples of fish that can be found on the Merced River and in San Francisco Bay.

“We were having so much fun, we decided to stay the rest of the session and help with the next three interactive lessons.” said Tarelli. During one of the lessons, the girls were able to make either an animal or plant cell. The cells were made from bread and a variety of candy, and according to McMartin “the cells were delicious along with being informative!”

Another lesson was about plant reproduction. The girls and their mothers made models of plants and trees using a variety of vegetables and describing how their tree or plant flowered and reproduced. The final lesson was frog dissection. Each mother and daughter team was given a preserved bull frog specimen, scissors, and forceps to complete their lesson. The girls were very enthusiastic and full of questions about the dissections. At the end of the class, the girls were given U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service goodie bags, filled with information about aquatic and terrestrial conservation.

Contact Info: Joseph Kirsch, 209-334-2968 ext. 309, joseph_kirsch@fws.gov
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