Girls Creating Monitors

Ocean Monitors: Ages 15-17

Must have completed 9th grade and turn 15 by June 1st. Must not turn 18 before July 31st.

The ocean is undergoing great changes!  Marine scientists and engineers monitor the oceans so they can understand the causes and impacts of these changes.  Submerse yourself into the world of ocean engineering and discover the tools of ocean monitoring. Gain a deep understanding of the equipment used to collect chemical water quality parameters and physical conditions.  Explore buoys and use teamwork to build an Arduino sonde.  Perform equipment maintenance with UNCW researchers and instrumentation specialists.  If you have brain for engineering and a heart for the ocean, this program is for you!

Fieldtrips include:

  • Full day research cruise with CORMP, kayaking, Center for Marine Science, and coastal habitats

Highlights include:

  • Interact with UNCW ocean engineers and researchers; experiment in university labs; learn how to use field equipment; build a buoy and perform maintenance on existing buoys; practice basic coding; learn about basic electric circuits; experiment with sensors; work as a team to solve problems

Program Dates and Tuition

Day of Week:

Sunday / Monday - Friday


8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Friday pick up/final presentation at12:30 p.m.
Residential students must arrive on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. while commuting students join the program Monday at 8:00 a.m.

Staff / Student Ratio:

Location: UNCW Campus
Summer 2018 Dates:

Coming Summer 2018

Commuter Tuition: $680
Residential Tuition:


Gender: Co-ed

Program Application & Registration

You must register by 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday before your program is to begin.

Before completing your application, please review the Cancellation Policy | PDF and the expected MarineQuest Student Code of Conduct | PDF.

To complete the teacher recommendation, please have your teacher click here  to submit their recommendation.

Please Note: A completed application does not register you for your program. All applications will first be reviewed by the MarineQuest Staff and upon acceptance, you will receive an e-mail explaining the next step in the registration process.

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