The Museum's social media team received a very pleasant message on Facebook recently. A young student from Texas had used our website to make a model of an Ocean Sunfish (mola mola) and was wondering if we'd like to add it to our Deep Oceans exhibition...
While it wasn't possible for us to display the model, we were able to chat with Claire Tablizo from Scobee Elementary in San Antonio and discovered that our fish content had been a big help with her assignment. We were even more pleased to hear she's considering a career in science as a biomedical engineer (as well as a pilot and a spy!).
Museum: How old are you, Claire?
Claire: I'm 10 years old and I'm starting 5th grade at Scobee Elementary in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
M: What exactly was your assignment about?
C: We had to make a sea creature for our 4th grade science class. It had to include facts to display in the library along with a power point presentation. We were allowed to choose our creature and I picked the Ocean Sunfish because I knew what all the other choices were and I didn't know anything about an ocean sunfish. When I first looked it up on the internet, I thought it was really weird looking!
M: How did you come to use the Museum website for your assignment? Did you enjoy learning about the mola mola?
C: The Australian Museum website was very helpful for finding predators, habitats, prey, pictures & more! I found it on a google search on the computer. I did enjoy this project very much. My favorite part was using seashells that we found on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico and cutting them to make the mola mola's teeth!! All the kids in my class stuck their fingers the mouth to feel the "teeth"!
M: What do you like about science?
C: Actually, science is my favorite subject. It's probably because we get to do all different kinds of projects. I like to see how things work. I really like some science TV shows called "How it's made" & "Myth Busters". Learning is really fun when you can touch things and create instead of just reading about it in a book.
M: Are you interested in Australian fauna and flora?
C: Very much! I would LOVE to see the Great Barrier Reef and real, live Kangaroos. I would like to see if a boomerang really works too! My family takes a vacation almost every holiday. Ever since my project, I've wanted to go to Australia. I like to surf.
M: What do you want to be when you grow up?
C: When I grow up, I would like to be a biomedical engineer, a fighter pilot and an international spy. I would like to perform in musical theater on Broadway too!
Our thanks to Claire's mother, Kathy Tablizio.