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City of Boston Offers Scholarships for New England Aquarium Summer Camps

A limited number of Harbor Discoveries Camp scholarships are available for Boston residents entering grades 4 through 7 in Fall 2012. Camp activities include behind-the-scenes activities in New England Aquarium galleries, excursions to Boston Harbor Islands, daily trips to north and south shore habitats and an overnight experience.

These scholarships contribute 90% of the tuition fee for one week of Harbor Discoveries. A co-pay of $65 will be required, payable to New England Aquarium upon acceptance to the program. Scholarship Applications can be found on the city of Boston’s website

The scholarship application deadline is April 2, 2012.

Learn more about Harbor Discoveries Camp and sign up here!

Sea TURTLE Accepting Applications for 2012 Program

The New England Aquarium announces the 2012 Sea TURTLE (Teen Underwater Research, Training and Learning Expedition) program is now accepting applications.

Students in grades 10, 11 & 12 can earn Open Water SCUBA diving certification with a team of peers, immerse themselves in the marine biology of New England, and then safely test their diving skills on a local overnight expedition. Applicants must be strong swimmers, and should provide evidence of interest in marine science. Preference is given to those who that have participated in another Aquarium teen program(including Teen Ocean Summit), although is not required to apply. The program fee is $1,700. Need-based scholarships are available for a limited number of applicants. All applications must be submitted by April 2.

Visit the website to learn more about the program or to apply.

Sea TURTLE Accepting Applications for 2012 Program

The New England Aquarium announces the 2012 Sea TURTLE (Teen Underwater Research, Training and Learning Expedition) program is now accepting applications.

Students in grades 10, 11 & 12 can earn Open Water SCUBA diving certification with a team of peers, immerse themselves in the marine biology of New England, and then safely test their diving skills on a local overnight expedition. Applicants must be strong swimmers, and should provide evidence of interest in marine science. Preference is given to those who that have participated in another Aquarium teen program(including Teen Ocean Summit), although is not required to apply. The program fee is $1,700. Need-based scholarships are available for a limited number of applicants. All applications must be submitted by April 2.

Visit the website to learn more about the program or to apply.

Massachusetts Marine Educators Announces 2012 Marine Art Contest

Attention Art and Marine Science Teachers, Afterschool Program Leaders, and other Formal and Informal Educators!

Massachusetts Marine Educators announces the 2012 Marine Art Contest for grades K-12. The deadline for submission of entries is April 26. The annual contest’s theme is “Amazing Ocean Creatures of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary” with divisions for High School (9-12), Middle School (5-8), Elementary School (K-4), Scientific Illustration (all grades) and Computer Graphics (all grades).

Entries may be submitted by instructors (no limit on numbers of entries) or by individual students. The contest is free and open to all students.

Contest prizes include cash awards, New England Aquarium passes and certificates. Sponsors of the 2012 competition are: Massachusetts Marine Educators, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, New England Aquarium, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and Stellwagen Alive.

Each year, winning entries are displayed on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary website (visit http://stellwagen.noaa.gov/pgallery/contest2011.html to see the 2011 winners) and become part of a traveling art show (2011 Art Show Schedule: New Bedford Oceanarium until Jan. 13; JFK Federal Building in Boston from Jan. 17-Feb. 29; Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor Center from Mar. 1-Apr. 2; Salem National Historic Site Visitor Center from Apr. 3-Jun.1.

This year students participating in the computer graphics division can focus on an alternative theme: “2012: 20th Anniversary of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.” Winning entries will be used to publicize sanctuary 20th anniversary events throughout the New England region.

An art contest brochure is attached. The brochure can also be downloaded from the MME website (http://massmarineeducators.org/contests.php). For more information, call 781-545-8026 ext. 204 or e-mail anne.smrcina@noaa.gov. Please help us spread the news about the contest by forwarding this message on other marine educators and art instructors. Your assistance is appreciated.

Click the PDF for more information about the contest. Art Contest 2012 PDF.

Massachusetts Marine Educators Announces 2012 Marine Art Contest

Attention Art and Marine Science Teachers, Afterschool Program Leaders, and other Formal and Informal Educators!

Massachusetts Marine Educators announces the 2012 Marine Art Contest for grades K-12. The deadline for submission of entries is April 26. The annual contest’s theme is “Amazing Ocean Creatures of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary” with divisions for High School (9-12), Middle School (5-8), Elementary School (K-4), Scientific Illustration (all grades) and Computer Graphics (all grades).

Entries may be submitted by instructors (no limit on numbers of entries) or by individual students. The contest is free and open to all students.

Contest prizes include cash awards, New England Aquarium passes and certificates. Sponsors of the 2012 competition are: Massachusetts Marine Educators, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, New England Aquarium, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and Stellwagen Alive.

Each year, winning entries are displayed on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary website (visit http://stellwagen.noaa.gov/pgallery/contest2011.html to see the 2011 winners) and become part of a traveling art show (2011 Art Show Schedule: New Bedford Oceanarium until Jan. 13; JFK Federal Building in Boston from Jan. 17-Feb. 29; Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor Center from Mar. 1-Apr. 2; Salem National Historic Site Visitor Center from Apr. 3-Jun.1.

This year students participating in the computer graphics division can focus on an alternative theme: “2012: 20th Anniversary of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.” Winning entries will be used to publicize sanctuary 20th anniversary events throughout the New England region.

An art contest brochure is attached. The brochure can also be downloaded from the MME website (http://massmarineeducators.org/contests.php). For more information, call 781-545-8026 ext. 204 or e-mail anne.smrcina@noaa.gov. Please help us spread the news about the contest by forwarding this message on other marine educators and art instructors. Your assistance is appreciated.

Click the PDF for more information about the contest. Art Contest 2012 PDF.

Teen Ocean Summit Recap

October 1-2, 47 teens gathered in Boston at the New England Aquarium to participate in NEOSEC’s Teen Ocean Summit 2011. All were revisiting the data they collected over the summer as part of the NaGISA protocol with one of our 9 Summer Science partner camps. On Saturday the teens worked in pre-assigned, mixed study groups to develop research questions, working with partner scientists who guided them through the type of thinking they use in their own research. The teens’ questions focused on the distribution of various species among the Summer Science sampling sites pictured here.

Some of the questions the study groups developed include: Does water temperature affect the abundance of Littorina littorea? Does latitude affect the density of focus vesiculosus? Does the coverage of Ascophyllum nodosum affect the abundance of Littorina littorea? Investigating these questions, they used ArcMap geographic information systems (GIS) software, and drew on the expertise of the Aquarium’s GIS specialists to map species occurrence and physical oceanographic data. With dinner at Hard Rock Café; sleeping with the jellies, sharks, and rays in the Aquarium; and a morning scavenger hunt around the Giant Ocean Tank, the teens had plenty of right-brain activities to provide fun breaks from hard work. On Sunday, the research groups presented their findings in a public poster presentation session.

    “…it means so much to me to be able to be part of anything Ocean related!!! That was honestly the most fun time I’ve had in a while!” — Leah, 16, NEAq Harbor Discoveries
    “Just wanted to let you know how much fun I had at the ocean summit this weekend. I had a fun time getting to know other teens and sharing data with them. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to attend the teen summit.” — Hannah, 12, Northeastern University Coastal Ocean Science Academy

Teacher Development This Summer at New England Aquarium

The Teacher Resource Center at New England Aquarium is offering several programs for professional development this summer:

MITS Summer Institute, July 6-17

New England Aquarium offers several summer workshops for teachers
New England Aquarium offers several summer workshops for teachers

On the Waterfront: Integrating Science Standards Through Classroom and Field Investigations,July 27-August 1

Climate Science and the Ocean Workshop, August 10-13

Contact the Teacher Resource Center for details