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Project TECHNOcean


Thanks to the generous gift of $75,000 from the Duke Energy Foundation, MarineQuest was able to partner with local middle schools during the 2014-2015 school year to provide students with STEM experiential learning opportunities that engaged them with the marine environment. Aligned with national Ocean Literacy Principles and the North Carolina Essential Standards for Science, Project TECHNOcean used hands-on inquiry-based lessons, labs and field experiences to engage students with ocean monitoring, ocean exploration and ocean conservation. Participating students practiced authentic STEM skills associated with marine science research and data collection, and also became familiar with different technologies and equipment that is utilized to study the marine environment. Project TECHNOcean students employed engineering design principles while working in teams to create model ROVs, wind turbines or buoys. Sixth graders explored the interactions between the ocean and land, seventh graders explored the relationship between the ocean and atmosphere, and eighth graders immersed themselves in the study of the hydrosphere.

Favorite Lessons

Click on the links below for some of our graduate assistants' favorite lessons:


Graduate Assistants

Thank you to our Graduate Assistants who made this project a success!

  • Alex Vandermeys, MS Environmental Studies
  • Anna Reh-Gingerich, MS Coastal and Ocean Policy
  • Hayley Vatcher, MS Marine Biology
  • Liz VanDer Clute, MS Environmental Studies
  • Matt Campbell, MS Environmental Management
  • Mike Kennison, MS Environmental Studies
  • Morgan Walker, MAT Secondary Science
  • Nick Moore, MS Geology
  • Alyssa Randall, MS Geoscience and Geographic Information Systems
Link to Alex PageAlex Vandermeys conducted research in conjunction with Project TECHNOcean as part of the requirements for her Master of Science in Environmental Studies from UNCW. She looked at the impact of an ocean science-based school intervention on students' understanding of and responsibility for the ocean. A sample of her results can be found by clicking the graph to the right.