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MarineQuest Celebrates the North Carolina Science Festival

Ocean Explore Nation

April 10, 2015

In celebration of the 2015 North Carolina Science Festival the UNCW Center for Marine Science is hosting a day of exploration.

Small groups of interested middle and high school students (up to 20) accompanied by their teacher and chaperones will participate in a two hour interactive tour of the center and engage in hands-on activities related to ocean exploration.  Students will learn how marine scientists explore the ocean with ROVS, monitor the ocean with buoys, protect the ocean by identifying plankton as part of a citizen scientist initiative, and conserve the ocean through aquaculture initiatives.  Other topics that will be covered during the tour include climate change, invasive species, marine biotechnology and more.

Tours will take place three times during the day, each lasting approximately two hours.  Teachers are asked to select their preferred tour time and register their groups by filling out the form found here: Ocean Explore Nation Registration Due to spring break schedules, some schools have cancelled their reservation. We now have openings in all three time slots.

Please note that groups who arrive after their assigned tour start time, may not be able to participate in the event.  We will be sending pre-program materials to registered participants that will help you prepare your students for the tour.  This will include name tags and team assignments.  Our hope is that this will allow us to spend most of the tour time engaged with activities, scientists and the facilities at the Center for Marine Science.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Kezios at kezioss@uncw.edu or (910)962-2118.


Registration for 2015 Summer Camps Now Open!

Summer will be here before you know it, so its not too early to secure your spot in our summer camps. Visit our Summer Enrichment page for camp descriptions, dates and prices.

Spring Saturday Marine Explorers dates set:

Register Today! Join our MarineQuest staff this spring for Saturday mornings filled with exciting scientific fun at the UNCW Center for Marine Science. Each month, we focus on a different theme as we get hands-on to explore sea creatures, marine habitats and ocean phenomena through lab experiments, field activities, games, art and more. Experience first-hand what it's like to be a true Marine Explorer!

MarineQuest Selected to Participate with Foldscope

Based on its work with youth and plankton monitoring in our coastal waters MarineQuest has been 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. If you would like to learn more about this initiative, see the inspirational TED talk by Dr. Prakash.

Project TECHNOcean

Beginning fall 2014 MarineQuest will be partnering with local middle schools to provide students with STEM experiential learning opportunities that promise to engage them with the marine environment. Aligned with national Ocean Literacy Principles and the North Carolina Essential Standards for Science, Project TECHNOcean proposes to use hands-on inquiry-based lessons, labs and field experiences to engage students with ocean monitoring, ocean exploration and ocean conservation. Participating students will practice authentic STEM skills associated with marine science research and data collection, and also become familiar with different technologies and equipment that is utilized to study the marine environment. Project TECHNOcean students will employ engineering design principles while working in teams to create model ROVs, wind turbines or buoys. Sixth graders will explore the interactions between the ocean and land, seventh graders will explore the relationship between the ocean and atmosphere, and eighth graders will immerse themselves in the study of the hydrosphere.


MarineQuest’s popular Girls Exploring Marine Science program (Sea GEMS) will become a year round leadership program this fall. Girls selected for the program will have the opportunity to interact with women leaders from the four fields of marine science, learn about current issues impacting the marine environment, develop technical skills for the lab and field, and engage in community service that benefits coastal habitats and organisms.



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