Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Welcome Vertex

Friday was a little different than usual. It was a wet and rainy day, and instead of children, we had teens from a program called Vertex help us out with a little arts and crafts project. These teens are probably some of the smartest teens around. Vertex interns came to the beach to learn about STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. But we added art to the equation and made STEAM. We had one of our friends, Olga, come down to give us a little demonstration about low tide and high tide. First we started out by painting 13 rocks a bright red color and lined them up from smallest to largest. After successfully painting the rocks. We learned about how much the tide moves every hour and how long it would take for the tide to go from low tide to high tide. Theres actually a "rule of 12's" that explains how much the water moves within the hour. For the first hour it moves 1/12 the total distance. The next hour 2/12. the next two hours 3/13 each. the fifth hour 2/12 total distance. and the last hour the tide moves the last 1/12. The process takes about six hours for the tide to switch from low to high tide, or vice verse. After painting the rocks, we brought them down to the shoreline, and started to place the rocks the specific distance between each other. Even though it was raining it was still a cool lesson. I didn't know there was a specific equation for the tide at all. My friday was fun, yet at the same time educational. Thanks Vertex for coming down and learning about the harbor with us! Keep on saving the harbor, until next time, Preston

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