It looks like mayhem but it’s actually the spawning olympics! Fifth graders came to the Science Center this week to learn about fishery biology and aquaculture through a fun, hands(and feet) relay that included donning waiters, and spawning “fish”(that were really water ballons with beans). Aquaculture faculty at UAS Fish Technology Program, Jim Seeland, is a guest aquaculture expert in the SSSC and Sitka School District, Taking AME(Aquaculture and Marine Science Education) program which puts visiting scientists and experts into elementary ed classrooms in Sitka. The purpose of the program, which is funded by USDA, is to encourage young rural coastal students to pursue educational pathways to careers in marine science and aquaculture, and to support elementary education teachers in science instruction. Karen Jones and Marilyn Guhl are the educational coordinators for the program.