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In honor of Shark Week StemBox has set out on a mission of its very own to create a box to counteract all of the rumors about sharks! This month's StemBox includes four experiments, some of which researchers use on real life ocean expeditions to learn more about sharks. Using our new shark friend Ruby, steminists will learn how to measure shark dimensions, attach tags to Ruby that relay important data, plot GPS coordinates of sharks on a map using newfound cartography skills, and recreate the effect of tapetum lucidium found in shark eyes. All of these experiments contribute to the understanding of why sharks are such an important apex predator in our oceans, their role in ocean food webs, and what we can do at home to keep the ocean safe and clean for all marine life.

Experiment Instructional Videos

Research Sharks On The Web!

  • OCEARCH Shark Tracker

    Use the OCEARCH Shark Tracker to match your Mary-Lee coordinates to REAL GPS coordinates OCEARCH researchers use to learn more about the migratory patterns of sharks. Use your extra colored dots to track more of your favorite sharks' GPS coordinates!
    Click here to start tracking!

    Seattle Aquarium

    Interested in finding sharks near you? Check out your local aquarium! The Seattle Aquarium is the closest aquarium to StemBox HQ and the beautiful backdrop for Kina and Daniell's interview about sharks. Aquariums are key players in ocean conservation and shark research. If you're looking for a way to get more involved with sharks, consider volunteering at an aquarium near you!
    Check out the aquarium!

    Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology

    In this month's StemBox, one of our experiment's focuses on the tags used to track sharks' migratory patterns, speed, environment, and health. But did you know that there are many more tools and tags used to understand sharks beyond the SPOT, PSAT, Accelerometer, and Acoustic tags discussed in this month's box? The Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology is an excellent resource if you want to see what other tools researchers use to learn about sharks!
    Read more about shark tags and research here!

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Shark Cam

    Finding it hard to make it to an aquarium or you just can't wait to see some sharks up close?! We hear you! The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Live Shark Cam lets you stream sharks 7am to 7pm Pacific Time in their 90-foot-long tank at the aquarium. See if you can identify the various species housed here: seven gill sharks, spiny dogfish, leopard sharks, and angel sharks! The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the nation's leading aquariums in marine education and conservation, check it out!"
    Watch Sharks Live!

    National Geographic

    National Geographic is a leader in exposing the secrets of the wild to the public. They're known for their world class photography, but they also contain a mass of knowledge to share with inquisitive minds. Check out the amazing shark photography, stories, and facts that the National Geographic has put together on their dedicated shark pages to learn more! Concerned about the future of sharks and the ocean? Good! There's something you can do about it. Here are the 10 things you can do at home to save the ocean according to National Geographic.
    Learn more about Sharks!
    10 Tips to save the ocean!

    How Stuff Works

    How Stuff Works is one of Kina's FAVORITE podcasts, EVER. If you like your science with a bit of sass and giggles, then this may be the go to for you. HSW has compiled all the cool shark facts you could ever want to know, but of course they also have a cool video on this page that explains the origins of Shark Week! Check this page out and maybe find your next favorite podcast!
    Click here to learn more.

  • Do Sharks Eat People? by the NOAA

    Do sharks eat people? In general, sharks DO NOT eat humans. The National Ocean Service is a great resource for those of us looking for facts and not just fantastical anecdotes about shark attacks that tend to be overhyped in the media. As a national organization, the NOAA is one of the best resources you can use to access factual data and information! And there you have it, we are not shark food, so go get your surf on!
    Find more answers here!

    Shark Conservation and The Smithsonian

    The Smithsonian's Ocean Portal details the plight of sharks in recent years as movies like Jaws and trends like Shark Fin Soup have taken a toll on the health of shark populations. Knowledge is power and learning about why sharks need to be respected and cared for as an apex predator in the ocean is one of the best things your can do to care for the ocean. Click here to read about the progress being made in shark education and conservation!
    Learn about shark conservation!

    Shark Field Research at the University of Washington

    Ever been interested in researching sharks as a career? Well, after high school you'll be asked to choose a major in college, so why not choose marine biology? If you're wondering what that might look like check out these photos of REAL shark field research being done by the University of Washington. These students and professors are learning more about sharks everyday that contributes greatly to the scientific community. This could be you!
    Check out their field work!

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Steminists in action!

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Troubleshooting the
Shark Box

If you're performing the tapetum lucidium experiment in a brightly lit room, the intended results of the experiment can be difficult to see. We recommend viewing the results in a dark or dimly lit room so you can better see the differences between shark eyes and human eyes!

The coordinates for Mary-Lee are a special gift to StemBox courtesy of OCEARCH, but if you're looking for more GPS coordinates to practice your cartography skills you can use "What's My GPS?" to convert addresses to latitude and longitude. You can use this to plot the coordintaes of your home, school, or a family member's home! Don't know the address of the location you want to track? Pick a spot on the map, and right click on it. The map will automatically genereate latitude and longitude that you can plot on your map at home. We recommend using the different color dots to track the migratory patterns of your favorite sharks, but we want to see what else you can track too!

In the large scheme of our map, it looks like the GPS coordinates for Mary-Lee are all in the same spot, but if you were to zoom in on the map you would notice that they are actually miles apart from each other! You can verify this on "What's My GPS?"!

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We are happy to help and will do our best to send you a replacement piece asap!