Marine Science looks like fun at San Clementi High School in California. Students there have?
Marine Science looks like fun at San Clementi High School in California. Students there have recently built a midget submarine which they call the SNAFU.
The sub was knocked together from an old water tank, old electric motors and car batteries at a cost of 250 dollars, but it is a serious part of a highly practical marine science programme for 60 pupils at the schools, started with the aid of a Ford Foundation grant.
This is a popular piece of school work however. The students christened the SNAFU in their own time at the California coast, the day after graduation.
The amateur submariners were a bit clumsy at the launch, getting the winch-line tangled, but once afloat the submarine performed well. Now its sixteen year-old captain has to take a scuba-diving course - then he can submerge.
But ship-building is only one past of the imaginative marine science programme at San Clementi High, designed above all to involve students in the real world about them.
Another research project has been devoted to the study and preservation of seaweed beds along the California coast. The beds have been devoured by sea urchins recently, and students discovered this was due to man's upsetting the ecological balance in the sea.
To put it right, the young scientists have been introducing a hardier breed of seaweed to the area.