Creating STEM Pathways at Detroit's Aquarium


Welcome to Detroit and the Belle Isle Aquarium, where students come to see fish, turtles, and frogs and leave with learning and excitement about what they, too, could be doing in the world of science.  This project starts with teacher professional development to enhance their knowledge of biology and ecology and to help them prepare their classes to benefit the most from their field trip visit.  Aquarium educators (and our education researchers) follow up with classroom visits, and teachers get the opportunity to reinforce lessons with small grants to enhance learning opportunities.  Want to know more?  Then after viewing our showcase video, join us on a "virtual field trip" (, created in response to COVID-19.  Before COVID-19, every fifth grade student in the Detroit public school system could visit the Aquarium.  Now, this trip is open to the world.  Your students are welcome to join us wherever they are. 

This video was presented during the 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase, where it earned the facilitator's choice award and has received more than 6000 views. 


  1. Ram, J., Yarema, S., Chadde, J., Teisan, J., Emmert, A., Tate, M., & McGhee, M. (2020). Creating STEM Pathways at Detroit’s Aquarium. 2020 STEM for all: Video Showcase. TERC (National Science Foundation). Voted facilitator’s Choice. 6,200 views 



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