I know there are many great answers to the question, “what would you bring with you if you were stranded on a desert island?” Let me tell you why I’m bringing duct tape.
When I worked for NOAA at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, my experience was no different. While the lab was impressive with glassware and micropipettes on every lab bench, duct tape was still an essential material in the lab space. In the field, duct tape was a standard item in the boat to take blood samples from sea turtles.
In South Africa we used duct tape every day - on the boat, in the aquarium, and even in the computer lab. In our work to track and monitor great white sharks, we needed to be prepared for anything. We also got creative when we made a seal decoy out of an old carpet….we don’t get those decoys back after the sharks get after them.
With over a decade of experience as an educator, I want to share some of the best practices that I've discovered for bringing the real world into the classroom.