The Roundhouse Aquarium on the Manhattan Beach Pier has been closed to the public since March. But it is educating more people about the ocean now than it was prior to the pandemic. The pandemic has created an opportunity for school districts to break up their endless Zoom classes.
“Pre-COVID, we were teaching one to three classes a day, with anywhere from 30 to 120 schoolage children,” says Grace Adams, the executive director of the aquarium, at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier. “But since the start of the 2020-21 school year, we have been teaching six to eight virtual classes per day, and reaching 200 to 250 K-12 Los Angeles County students per day.”
Schools from around the world have requested classes.