If you are a 4th or 5th grade teacher who will be participating
in the Splash Elementary Program this school year, this page
contains information and documents that may be useful to you.
If you have not yet been accepted into the program, please
visit Information for Prospective
This video offers step-by-step instructions for making an origami
book. As part of Lesson 11 of the Splash Investigating
Vernal Pools curriculum, Splash students make origami books.
They decorate them with fun facts about vernal pools and drawings
of the animals, plants, and landscape features they have studied
or encountered in the field. Beyond this use, origami books
can be a fun art project to document or summarize any subject or
We are pleased to offer this curriculum to anyone wishing to use
it for educational purposes. In order to continually improve and
track the use of the curriculum, we ask for your contact
information and a brief description of how you intend to use it.
In exchange, we would be happy to answer any questions you have
and support your use to the best of our ability. Splash will not
share your contact information with anyone.
On the day of your field trip, please arrive at the Splash
Education Center between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. Another class, either
from your school or from a different school, will arrive at about
the same time. Upon arrival, please keep your students on the bus
or in vehicles to await further instructions. This avoids chaos
in the parking lot.
If you are a teacher participating in the Splash Elementary
Program, please fill out this form to request a packet of fairy
shrimp eggs. We regret that we are only able to
supply eggs to those currently enrolled in the program.
Inside your Fairy Shrimp Kit, you will find a white envelope.
Inside the envelope is a folded coffee filter. It contains a
small amount of what looks like dust or dirt. In this dust are
some of the most amazing structures you can find on earth –
the eggs of the vernal pool fairy shrimp. Each egg contains a
baby shrimp, an embryo in suspended animation. In its drought
resistant casing, it waits patiently for the right time to hatch
out and begin its life cycle!
For 2 billion years, bacteria were the only creatures on Earth.
Long before the dinosaurs, a special type of bacteria slowly
increased the level of oxygen in the Earth’s air to 20 percent.
Without this oxygen other plants and animals could not have
evolved, including us.