Marine Biology and Oceanography
Keera Lindenberg holds a bachelor's degree in Biology & Environmental Science from Portland State University.
Keera has been getting students excited about science for over a decade. After teaching Marine Biology on Catalina Island & Botany for the Portland Outdoor School, she started her own educational nonprofit in Portland OR, called Science Project. This "mobile museum" brought hands-on science programs to students in many different venues, including the Salvation Army summer camp, PNW Medical School, world-famous science museum OMSI, and others.
Science Project eventually found a way to reach learners far and wide, through a weekly FM radio science-inquiry show called Everything is Interesting. For about 4 years, best buddies Keera and Kira (yes, really) dove into the how and why of surprisingly fascinating topics, like hive minds, sea monkeys, and lactose intolerance. You can find episodes or more information at EverythingIsInteresting.org.
Most recently, Keera served as the Educational Director for an analytical chemistry lab in Portland, OR. Through social media, written literature, and a uniquely designed hands-on laboratory tour, she presented the complex chemistry behind environmental testing and chemical analysis to the public in a digestible, always understandable, form.
Keera is very excited to be back in the classroom, inspiring a new generation of students at Huckleberry to get enthusiastic about science!
Deeper Dive I: Ages 6-9
Deeper Dive II: Ages 9-12
Deeper Dive III: Ages 12-14
This class will be taught at three levels of advancement for our different age groups.
Ages: 6-9: Ability to write all letters of the alphabet. Familiarity with reading. Ability to sound out 2-3 syllable words. Homework: None
Ages 9-12 : Ability to read a simple paragraph on their own. Homework: None
Ages 12-14: Ability to write a 4-5 sentence paragraph about a single topic. Understanding of how to do research for a science report. Homework: Yes
Class Description: The ocean is a strange place... and the deeper you go, the stranger it gets! From the sunniest intertidal zone to the darkest, murkiest trenches, we'll explore the biology, chemistry, and physics of surviving life in the sea.
Marine Biology is a year-long class. It is helpful, although not required, if students enroll for the year to participate.
We will be investigating marine marvels like understanding how food can glow in the dark, and how it helps animals like an Angler fish? Can we help Clams survive by changing the chemistry of their habitat! And of course, we'll be exploring plankton under the microscope! Design your own marine ecosystem! And so much more!
Each class period, we'll do a variety of games and hands-on lab-style science experiments, learn how to explore the world around us using the principles of the scientific method, and above all… have fun!