CMA Hosts First Live and Customized Virtual Classroom Visit
SKYPE with Mia Torres - CMA trainer Abby Stone, Winter the dolphin, and 4th Grader Mia Torres.
CLEARWATER - Winter the dolphin visited more than 500 students in Pre-Kindergarten thru 8th grade at Independent Day School in North Tampa on Monday, April 5th. She visited them via the web through Skype. Students virtually met and interacted with Winter. Fourth grader Mia Torres even got to get in the water with Winter and help the trainers.
This is the first time CMA hosted a live and customized feed to a classroom. This event was part of the school's Young Authors' Conference. They have been reading Winter's Tail, and have based some school curriculum around it.
This event marked the launch of a new program CMA is offering to classrooms around the world. CMA L.I.V.E. Linking Into Virtual Education will allow classrooms around the world to customize topics for their kids, based on their needs. Topics include dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, shark behaviors, animal care, ecology, what it takes to be an animal trainer, and more! Topics can be customized, and cost $149 for a 30-minute session and $199 for a one-hour session. The only equipment needed is a computer and a webcam.
For more information about the new program, visit www.SeeWinter.com and click on "CMA L.I.V.E Linking Into Virtual Education."
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a Florida non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to marine life rescue, rehabilitation and release, and environmental education. CMA is home to dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks, and more.
Winter the dolphin's story of survival and inspiration has touched millions of people around the world. A movie about her life story is in the works with Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment. Her documentary, "Winter: The Dolphin that Could" is available at www.SeeWinter.com. The film takes viewers on an extraordinary journey through her rescue, fight to stay alive, and extensive rehabilitation.
Scholastic published Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again in October 2009.
SKYPE at IDS - Photo from the gym at the Corbett Hall gymnasium at the Independent Day School.
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