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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.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Ocean Lab (Ages 12 - 14)

Spend a week at MarineQuest immersing yourself in the fantastic field of marine biology.  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.   

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 and learn how scientific data is collected and analyzed.
  • Build a simple sensor and apply it to a real-world ocean question.
  • Visit estuarine 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.

Ocean Lab (Ages 12 - 14)

SCHEDULE

Commuter: Monday - Friday

Residential: Sunday - Friday

TIME

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Friday Pick-Up: 12:30 PM

STAFF/STUDENT RATIO

1:10

LOCATION

UNCW Campus - TBD

SUMMER SESSIONS

Week 1: June 11 - 16, 2023

Week 2: June 18 - 23, 2023

Week 5: July 9 - 14, 2023

Week 7: July 23 - 28, 2023  

Week 8: July 31 - August 4, 2023**

ACADEMIC COST

$540

OPTIONAL RESIDENTIAL  COST

 Academic + Residential ($730) 

Total Cost $1,270

RESIDENTIAL CHECK-IN

Sunday of program at 3:00 PM

GENDER

Co-ed

REGISTRATION

You must register two weeks prior to the start of the program. 

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

**Week 8 session is commuter ONLY.