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Fenwick Academy Science Corps headed out to sea for real-world research experience; 7th-grade students to go out on research vessel Katy

May 16, 2022 – A group of science-loving, seventh-graders from SAISD’s Fenwick Academy, an International Baccalaureate Candidate school for the Middle Years Program, is heading out to sea Thursday, May 19, on the Research Vessel (RV) Katy to experience science investigation in the real world.

The students participating in the field trip are members of the Fenwick Academy Science Corps, an afterschool science club. The RV Katy is part of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas. While on the two-hour tour into the Gulf of Mexico, students will draw samples from the sand and water to investigate the quantity and forms of life found in each.

Motivated by their sheer love of science, about 25 Science Corps members have been meeting on Wednesdays after school for most of the year to extend their classroom learning. The group has investigated systems of the body by dissecting worms, frogs, and eyes; conducted observations of ecosystems (large and micro) all around them; and worked with robots. The trip to the Marine Science Institute and out on the RV Katy will be the culmination of a year of growth, said Megan Brown, Fenwick science teacher and Science Corps sponsor.

“These experiences are crucial to building and embedding science knowledge, as well as encouraging a love of science. When the club started, the students knew they were interested in science, but they were still very tentative about conducting their own investigations,” Brown said. “Some were scared to pick up the dissecting equipment. But as they added to their experiences, you could see the confidence building in them.”

Dr. Cassie McClung, Head of School at Fenwick Academy, said the club has had a positive impact on the campus and fits well with the International Baccalaureate (IB) framework of learning that the campus has adopted.

“This club has been a powerful addition to our campus,” said Dr. McClung. “This trip will nurture so many of the IB attributes in our students,” said Dr. McClung.


In IB schools, learning occurs through the process of student-directed inquiry and is built through both collaborative and independent projects. The IB also focuses on 10 attributes, which students are encouraged to develop within themselves. These attributes, called the IB Learner Profile, include being principled, caring, reflective, balanced, knowledgeable, open-minded.

The club and the trip are sponsored by the San Antonio chapter of the LULAC National Education Service Center’s (LNECS) Science Corps program.


“Science Corps is designed to encourage middle school students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by exposing them to real-world STEM applications and problems,” said Orlando Blancas, Director of the LNECS in San Antonio. “It specifically targets minority students in order to prepare them to pursue a course of study that leads to undergraduate degrees in science or engineering.”

Fenwick Academy is an authorized IB World School for the Primary Years Programme which serves children from pre-K to fifth grade. It is a Candidate School for the IB Middle Years Programme which serves students in sixth- through 10th-grades.

For more information on Fenwick Academy or other International Baccalaureate schools within the San Antonio Independent School District, please visit or call Gina Vera at 210-643-8707.


Editor’s Note: The following is the itinerary for the May 19 trip:

7am – Bus leaves Fenwick Academy, 1930 Waverly Ave. San Antonio, TX 78228
10am – Arrival at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, 750 Channel View Dr. Port Aranas, TX 78373
o tour the facility
o tour salt grass/wetlands area
11:30am – Lunch at the Institute cafeteria
12:30pm – Board the RV Katy
2:30pm – Disembark the Katy and board bus for trip back to Fenwick Academy
6:30pm – Students arrive at Fenwick Academy


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