MarineQuest

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What will students explore and discover? 


MISSION

Students will understand that while the ocean is challenged by problems humans create, the ocean is also a source of solutions for many global issues. 

PREREQUISITES 

  • Must have completed 9th grade and turn 15 by the start of the program. Must not turn 18 before July 31st. 

OCEAN SOLUTIONS FOUNDATION

Our oceans and coastal ecosystems are under more serious threat than ever before. Our question is, will you be part of the problem, or will you help to uncover solutions to these global issues? Join one of MarineQuest’s Ocean Solutions programs to find out if you have what it takes to save our seas and learn how our seas can help us. 

Three different weeks of Ocean Solutions are being offered in summer 2023, each with a different focus:

OCEAN SOLUTIONS: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

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Spend each day in the field and laboratory collecting data on coastal and oceanic health. Investigate relevant and controversial oceanic topics including climate change, sea-level rise, ocean acidification, biodiversity loss, coral bleaching, dead zones, harmful algal blooms, marine debris, overfishing, and more.

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Meet marine scientists representing different fields of research.
  • Participate in an ocean research cruise to identify coastal health.
  • Conduct a study on heavy metal contamination in coastal food chains.
  • Examine how best management practices benefit coastal water quality.
  • Kayak in a sensitive coastal habitat and witness first-hand the impact of anthropogenic changes.
  • Investigate the impact climate change has on coastal and ocean systems through field and lab research.

OCEAN SOLUTIONS: ENGINEERING FROM NATURE

Join MarineQuest for an engineering experience inspired by nature!  Biomimicry is the practice of mimicking strategies found in nature to solve human design challenges.  During this week of Ocean Solutions, students will practice biomimicry as they learn about processes occurring in our coastal and ocean zones, explore marine organism adaptations, research biological products and investigate how these can help solve human issues.  They’ll look to marine organisms for inspiration as they design solutions to modern engineering challenges such as water scarcity, clean energy, and coastal resiliency.

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Understand that biomimicry is a paradigm shift in how humans relate to nature.
  • Define human challenges identified by the UN as part of The Ocean Decade, as well as some of the Grand Challenges of Engineering.
  • Explore the coastal zone and observe marine organisms in their habitats.
  • Investigate nature inspired ways to harness blue energy, clean and desalinate water, and sequester carbon.
  • Test the effectiveness of biomimetically inspired products on the market.

OCEAN SOLUTIONS: SOCIETAL ISSUES (Commuter ONLY)

The ocean provides solutions for many of society’s most pressing problems.  Globally, there is a need for clean energy, fresh water, food security, and new medicines. We need to sequester carbon to reduce global temperatures, balance nitrogen to reduce dead zones in the ocean, and monitor the ocean. And we need to improve infrastructure to build coastal resiliency. Each of these problems represents a different sector within the blue economy. The blue economy is the sustainable use of the ocean in ways that equitably benefit all of society. That means we don’t create more problems for the ocean while we use it to solve our own! Sectors that will be addressed in this week of ocean solutions include blue energy, seawater desalination, aquaculture and sustainable fisheries, marine biotechnology, marine construction, and ocean monitoring. By weeks end students will learn how to be part of the solution and not the problem.

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Meet marine scientists and representatives from the different sectors of the Blue Economy.
  • Use oceanographic tools during a research cruise to collect data for ocean monitoring.
  • Discover marine products with pharmaceutical potential and learn the process for bringing them to market at a renowned facility for biotech.
  • Learn how the blue economy sectors reflect the Grand Challenges for Engineering.
  • Investigate harmful algae blooms and their impact on public health and marine fisheries. 
  • Explore the beach zone on a boogie board, kayak in coastal systems, and understand the ecosystem services of the salt marsh through fun hands-on scientific investigations and discussions.

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SCHEDULE

Commuter: Monday - Friday

Residential: Sunday - Friday

TIME

8:00 AM - 4:15 PM

Friday Pick-Up: 1:00 PM

STAFF/STUDENT RATIO

1:10

LOCATION

UNCW Campus - TBD

SUMMER SESSIONS

Engineering from Nature 

Week 2: June 18 - 23, 2023

Environmental Issues

Week 7: July 23 - 28, 2023

Societal Issues**

Week 8: July 31 - August 4, 2023

ACADEMIC COST

$660

OPTIONAL RESIDENTIAL COST

Academic + Residential ($730) 

Total Cost $1,390

RESIDENTIAL CHECK-IN

Sunday of program at 3:00 PM

GENDER

Co-ed

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

**Commuter ONLY