UNC Wilmington Marine Science Programs News and Events - MarineQuest

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Registration Now Open for Summer 2017!

Please visit our summer programs page to learn more about what is being offered and check out our New Programs for Summer 2017. MarineQuest Summer 2017 Programs

UNCW MarineQuest and NOAA Marine Debris Outreach Program a "huge" success!

During the 2015-2016 school year, UNCW MarineQuest hit the road with its life-size inflatable whale classroom to educate upper elementary and middle school students about environmental issues related to marine debris. The yearlong project Traveling Through Trash: Coastal Migratory Animal Encounters with Marine Debris served over 10,000 students in rural schools in the coastal Carolinas. The goals of the project were to increase student awareness of the sources of marine debris and to encourage their participation in ocean stewardship. Surprise findings included a lack of geographic knowledge of students coastal location.  For more information contact Dr. Kezios.

MarineQuest Selected to Participate with Foldscope

Based on its work with youth and plankton monitoring in our coastal waters MarineQuest was selected to participate in the beta testing of Foldscope, an Origami-based print-and-fold paper-microscope designed for rugged field settings. Foldscope is an initiative from a research team at Stanford University focused on democratizing science by developing scientific tools that can scale up to match problems in global health and science education. The Stanford team has now completed the beta test and is initiating a kickstarter campaign to spread foldscopes around the world.  If you would like to learn more about this initiative, see the inspirational TED talk by Dr. Prakash.