UNCW Partners for a “Celebration of Our Oceans”

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Oceans ROCK (Reaching Out to the Community & Kids), a free community event, will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 in Dobo Hall room 134.

This past semester, students and faculty from the UNCW Department of Biology and Marine Biology collaborated with Bellamy Elementary School as part of the Toward Elementary Advancement in Marine Science (TEAMS) program, established from a National Science Foundation grant.

On Friday, first and fifth graders and teachers from Bellamy Elementary School will showcase their classroom experiments, including weather station monitoring and video footage of a weather balloon launch. The students will also give short talks about the roles oceans play in climate and weather, how to protect the oceans now and in the future, as well as present results from synthesis research on the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems. The event will conclude with a Q&A session about the ocean and the climate.

“Getting children interested in science at a young stage is important to nurture and harness their natural interest in the world,” said UNCW assistant professor Rob Condon, who established TEAMS. “Statistics show that if you capture the imagination of a young child and nurture that interest in science through middle and high school then that student will be more likely to take this on as a career.  Ocean health and discovery is therefore dependent on our future generation.”