I received this from Sheila Boczar:
I am writing from Essex Middle School. We were lucky enough not to lose many eggs. I believe we are down about 14, with all of our eggs having hatched. We have begun to see the yolk/egg sack beginning to shrink.
Last year I assigned students jobs but this made SO much work for me. I have 64 students and all of them have a desire to do different jobs. This year I ran a three-day station seminar where my students got the chance to work about 3-1 with me to learn each job. Then I created a sign-up sheet that allows 12-20 students to do/calculate/record something to do with our tank. What a difference! The seminar is a bit wearing on the teacher, as I repeated the same 30-minute instructional lecture about 21 times to accommodate all students. My students brainstormed, and we will be filming me teach this lecture and they will use their knowledge of tech/video resources to edit it and create something I can play for students in the future.
Last year over vacation our breeder box fell. Bob Wible decided that we would split the eggs and let one breeder box go down to the bottom of the tank. We have done so, and those trout seem to be doing well. They have burrowed into the rocks. The kids love getting to see the juxtaposition of trout in the box and in their more natural state in the rocks. We journal our findings every Thursday, and we will be turning those into a class post in the late spring.
And this from Chelsea's Erik Anderson:
First, all is well with Chelsea. We've lost one egg and have approximately 50 alevin swimming in the baskets. The class calculated Jan 26th to reach 58% DI, so we are close on our estimate of water temp. Today we took three alevin out to view under the stereoscope. The highlight was watching blood flow through the large vein in the yolk sac.
Bob Wible reported this:
I am following 11 tanks. All tanks are completely hatched. Since all have elected for swim-up after break, I have had them set temperatures at 46. My thought is that 90% hatch was at least a week early, so I decided to slow down metabolism a little by lowering temp.
All is going well and teachers seem to be very happy with program. Also, all have dumped alevin into the tank.
Yesterday, from Kathy Ehlers:
Community volunteer at Ludlow Elementary School, Kathy sent me a short video of some extremely active alevin. (Unfortunately, the free version of Weebly that I'm using doesn't allow me to embed videos or I'd have it posted here for you to see.)
Joe Mark, Lead Facilitator, Vermont Trout in the Classroom
In June 2012, I retired after 40 years in higher education, having spent the last 32 years of my career as dean at Castleton. One of the first things I volunteered to do in retirement was to work with Jim Mirenda to help the Dorset School, where his kids and my Vermont grandkids attend, start a TIC program. Gradually that commitment grew into my current role, which is both demanding and highly rewarding.