Science takes center stage in the Carteret County Public School System. For the sixth straight year, the 2013 Brad Sneeden Marine Science Academy takes place June 24-28th.
The academy will offer 40 selected rising seventh, eighth and ninth graders the chance to participate in laboratories, on islands, in area waters and in learning environments across the county. It's a unique experience that's tough to find in other areas, given the landscape and rich scientific community in Carteret County.
Sponsors of these science enrichment programs include the The Sunshine Lady Foundation, The Brad Sneeden Memorial Fund, North Carolina Seafood Festival, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Beaufort Ole Towne Rotary Club, Carteret-Craven Electric Membership Foundation, and the Carteret County Public School Foundation.
The list of activities includes:
Monday – Buoyancy lab work at Carteret Community College; researching in NC State University Seafood Laboratory; a program on underwater living/sponges/habitat at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences; and conducting a necropsy of a sea turtle at CMAST with NCSU marine animals vet;
Tuesday – Trawling aboard Duke University Marine Lab's Research Vessel Susan Hudson; conducting field work on Shackleford Banks; investigating biological contaminants in coastal waters;
Wednesday - Day at Cape Lookout to include activity rotations for GPS, biological samplings, water quality testing and transect activities of the shoreline; climbing the lighthouse;
Thursday - Computer work to record data from Wednesday's research; computational science presentation from Shodor Institute; and programs at NC Maritime Museum;
Friday – Work with animals at NC Aquarium; dissecting squid; barrier island exploration; and a behind the scenes tour.
The week will end with an informal presentation about the Academy. This presentation will take place from 2:30-3:15 p.m. in the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores' Soundside Hall. The families and friends of the Academy students are invited to attend, along with sponsors.
For more information on the academy contact Tabbie Nance, 252-728-4583, ext. 1137.