Day Long Field Trip to Woods Hole for Student Groups

The Marine Science Literacy and Education Program is a one-day field trip to Woods Hole for school classes. So far this year over 750 students have attended.  The program consists of a hands-on research “cruise” in which we deploy an otter trawl, scallop dredge and plankton net in Vineyard Sound. We collect marine specimens and discuss their habitat and their importance in medical research at he Woods Hole Labs. We also deploy and recover an acoustically actuated oceanographic mooring, which leads us to a discussion of engineering, technology, and physical oceanographic topics such as ocean circulation, acidification and climate change. The ultimate goal of the program is to increase students’ awareness and literacy in marine science and illustrate how many different skills are required in “doing” marine science. Included is a tour one of the Labs (WHOI dock, MBL’s Marine Resources Center or the NOAA aquarium).  Our partnerships with WHOI and MBL allow us to highlight and discuss current research projects there. The cost of the program is $400 (up to 20 students). We can accommodate more students for a slightly higher cost. More information on www.zephyrmarine.net

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