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Bobby Zika, a 6th grader from Lincoln Elementary School in Kearny, New Jersey, told me: “Go all intelligent people including Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. I love science!”

Zika was one of 160 elementary schoolers from all over New Jersey who participated in Rutgers University Ocean Day in mid-April. It was the culmination of a year-long program where students learned about ocean science. In this episode, we’ll hear from the kids about what that was like, and what they learned.



The students from 8 New Jersey schools took time at this station to write their wishes for the ocean.

A student regards Diamond the diamondback terrapin (a kind of turtle), the mascot of Donahue School in Barnegat, NJ.

Experiment showing how different types of water mix together, as demonstrated by students of Lincoln School in Kearny, NJ.

Students from South Main Street school in Pleasantville, NJ display their poster describing the weather of Tornado Alley.

Elementary schoolers from New Jersey celebrate Rutgers Ocean Day in mid-April by cheering and waving their pompoms in the air. Credit for all photos: Sage Lichtenwalner.

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  1. Out of the mouths of babes… thank you for sharing the comments Ari and congratulations to Janice for pulling together such a great program and impacting so many students.

  2. Dennis Oliveira says:

    Haha! I am an 8th grader from Lincoln School. Graduating today.
    I’ve always loved science. I really wish i had known about this at the time it happened. But hey. ^_^
    Ah, minor correction, The boy’s name is Bobby Zika. Not Zeka. He’s a very good friend of mine. It’s funny finding things on the web you’d never thought’d be there. Ha.