This is a virtual Whalemobile experience. Cynde will do an initial presentation about whales, and then students will see the whale inflate and go inside. Topics covered are baleen and teeth, communication, individual identification, importance of whales. The program finishes with a discussion of marine debris and what we can do to help protect the oceans.
Cynde has led over 2000 whale watch trips out of Gloucester, ma. We will "virtually" leave Gloucester Harbor and head out to sea aboard the Privateer IV from Seven Seas Whale Watch. Students will learn about the species of whales that are observed off the coast of MA. We will discuss why they are there, watch videos of what they do, and learn about individual humpback whales. If you have never been on a whale watch, this is a close second.
This presentation explores how whales and humans use the ocean, when overlap occurs in time and space, and how that is impacting whales today. Students will brainstorm what we could do to decrease the threats to whales and we will end by discussing some of these solutions.
This program is for upper middle school and high school students. Cynde will share her story about how she took her childhood passion for whales and made it her career. She will introduce students to whales and how they are researched today illustrating that you can take many different roads to find or create the career that you are looking for. Science, technology, engineering/education, art and math are all critically important disciplines when addressing any topic—especially conservation. She will finish by sharing how this childhood passion, that many classmates of hers made fun of, led to a Guinness World Record!
"Mrs. McInnis led a virtual field trip for our five second grade classes at Steward School. Mrs. McInnis was well prepared and kept the kids engaged throughout her presentation. She seamlessly wove in her pre-recorded videos along with her presentation. We truly believe that students thought she was currently inside of the whale! We love how Mrs. McInnis brought it to the kids level by sharing that her passion began as a child. The kids were amazed that she will be in the Guinness Book of World Records for her whale collection! We feel that our second graders took away a great deal of knowledge from this virtual enrichment program. Thank you Mrs. McInnis for an amazing program!"
"Cynde joined our group of 50 third graders for an interactive and engaging presentation about whales and conservation. She has a natural ability to draw students in and keep them interested and excited as she discusses whale anatomy, behavior, and identification strategies. She brings a plethora of experience and personal anecdotes that make the experiences especially engaging. The children especially loved listening to different whale sounds, as well as seeing her life-sized humpback whale model, named Nile. Students were able to ask questions and think critically about how they can protect these amazing creatures. Having Cynde lead a live online class is a no-brainer!"