2019 Right Whales, Middle School, Film
I am a Calvineer from Adams School in Castine, Maine. When we first started talking about the project for the news cast, it was at the beginning of the school year right before the Right Whale Consortium in New Bedford. Tom Willey came into Calvin and sat the 7th graders down and explained what the contest was. We were excited to make these films and post them for the public. We jotted down ideas, and at the Consortium, we interviewed scientist about the problems right whales face now. I was inspired by wanting to learn more about "ropless" fishing and the right whale’s situation. I learned how to make a film, Tom Wiley taught us how to use the camera and the microphones. Now I can say that I’ve used a film clip board! I also learned more about "ropeless" fishing and how it might work. I also learned about the different types of "ropeless" fishing. I learned how big whales can be because I saw two humpbacks up close! (I went on a whale watch in September.) Now that I know more about the right whales, I am really looking forward to going to the 2nd World Conference on Marine Mammal Science in Barcelona next December! I’m excited to introduce the Right Whale World Year 2020, and to present the Calvin Project to scientists from all around the world. I like presenting to the public and other schools. I also know now that I want to be a Marine Biologist when I’m older, I think I will help whales then like I am now.