About the Aquatics Lab

This site serves several purposes:  class updates, information about the animals and most importantly the students will update everyone on the work they do on the tanks. Each of these purposes has a menu tab dedicated to it at the top of the screen.

Booker T. Washington Middle School has not always been the Marine Science magnet school for Newport News.  That did not happen until after the renovation and reopening in 2006.  Read about the rich history of the building and Booker T. Washington.

The aquatics lab at Booker T. Washington has 24 tanks-22 saltwater and two freshwater tanks.  There are 12 tanks in other rooms such as the cafeteria, main office, library and several classrooms.  The aquatics lab is in many ways a working classroom; classes are taught but also the work of maintaining the tanks takes place.  In the aquatics lab, the work in large part falls on the shoulders of the students.  They learn how to maintain the tanks and care for the animals.

Come visit us anytime, but here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Watch your step as the floor is often wet.
  • Please do not tap the tanks or stick your hands in the water.
  • Please return tank covers to the top of the tank to prevent the fish from jumping out.
  • No soaps or cleaners as they can kill the fish.
  • Last but not least, smile and enjoy yourself while in the lab.  It makes the fish happier


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