MarineQuest

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What will students explore and discover? 


MISSION

Students will understand that the ocean serves as a laboratory where marine scientists apply the knowledge, skills and tools of many fields to study the dimensions of the ocean.

We are offering 2 different themes for Ocean Lab.  There are some similarities between the 2 themes, but participants will have completely unique experiences in each program.

BIOTIC PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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Spend a week at MarineQuest immersing yourself in the fantastic field of marine biology while attending Ocean Labs Biotic focus week.  Explore the biodiversity of the coastal system and why the diversity exists because of the chemistry, geology, and physics of the marine environment.  Learn about conservation efforts for marine threatened and endangered species.  Build an aquarium from the bottom up!  Participants will collect coastal organisms and learn about the importance of water quality for their aquaria.  Investigate anatomy and physiology of marine organisms through dissections.  Use scientific technologies to conduct field work in the great big outdoor lab we call the ocean.   

ABIOTIC PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

What makes the Ocean ecosystem so special? It has layers! Peel back the layers of the ocean from the surface to the deep.  Investigate the different qualities of temperature, pressure, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and light change with depth.  Understand the movement of sediment on the coast and challenges that it creates for coastal populations.  Meet an Oceanographer and accept mission possible and build an ROV. Use scientific technologies to conduct field work in the great big outdoor lab we call the ocean.   

PREREQUISITES 

  • Must have completed 6th grade and turn 12 by the start of the program

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn what water quality parameters are important to environmental health and aquaria by using sensors to collect water quality data.
  • Assist on a half-day ocean research cruise learn how scientific samples and data is collected and analyzed.
  • Build a simple sensor and apply it to a real-world ocean question.
  • Visit back barrier habitats only accessible by kayak to learn how scientist monitor coastal systems.
  • Explore the beach zone on a boogie board, sample the fouling community and understand the ecosystem services of the salt marsh through fun hands-on scientific missions.

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SCHEDULE

Monday - Friday

Sunday afternoon virtual orientation

TIME

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Friday Pick-Up: 12:30 PM

STAFF/STUDENT RATIO

1:10

LOCATION

UNCW Campus - Hamilton Lot

SUMMER 2022 SESSIONS

Biotic Weeks

Week 1: June 12 - June 17, 2022 (Full)

Week 4: July 3 - July 8, 2022  (Full)

Week 6: July 17 - July 22, 2022 (Full)

Week 8: July 31 - August 5, 2022 (Full)

TUITION COST

$530

OPTIONAL RESIDENTIAL  COST

 $680 (Double Room)

RESIDENTIAL CHECK-IN

Sunday of program at 3:00 PM

GENDER

Co-ed

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 *Note that prices, content, dates, and times are subject to change without notice.