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.

Graduate Instructors

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Alex Vandermeys, MS Environmental Studies

Alex 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 below.

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I want to help students understand how linked they are with the ocean.

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Anna Reh-Gingerich, MS Coastal and Ocean Policy

Hayley Vatcher, MS Marine Bioloyy

Anna Reh-Gingerich

My goal is to help students realize that even the smallest steps to keep ocean habitats healthy will make a big difference.

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Hayley Vatcher

The most pressing environmental issue I shared with the kids is the issue of water (scarcity and quality).

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Liz VanDer Clute, MS Environmental Studies

Matt Campbell, MS Environmental Management

Liz VanDer Clute

Everything is interconnected. It is important to realize that every decision we make can affect others around the planet; both plant and animal!

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Matt Campbell

I really wanted to share with the students how our actions as humans effect the environment, particularly the ocean.

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Mike Kennison, MS Environmental Studies

Morgan Walker, MAT Secondary Science

Mike Kennison

Students should be aware of how fish stocks have been impacted by industrialized fishing and how they as consumers can push for more sustainable practicies of fisheries.

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Morgan Walker

The most important thing I shared with the students is that they are never too young to make a difference! If we all start making small changes now, the global impact will be huge!

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Nick Moore, MS Geology

Alyssa Randall, MS Geoscience and Geographic Information Systems

Nick Moore

The human race has a responsibility to take care of our planet. Everything is interconnected and there are consequences for every action.

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Alyssa Randall

It is imporant to instill the idea of environmental stewarship to children at a young age.

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