Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
A series of week-long learning adventures introduces kids and teens to coastal ecology while having fun and fostering new friendships.
To register your child, please click on the session dates below, fill out the online registration, and complete payment.
2020 Registration Open!
Summer Science School Sessions
Please click on the session dates to register your child online. Thank you.
Half day sessions for students entering grades 2-3
Children will get wet, muddy, and inspired while exploring the habitats and wildlife around Waquoit Bay through games, crafts, and basic scientific investigations. They will learn to identify and observe living and non-living elements of nearby woods, fields, marshes, and waters of the bay, make and record observations, use instruments to record environmental conditions, and learn about the fragile nature of these environments. Children will learn about local plants and wildlife, and practice “collect, observe, and release” procedures to help them become responsible estuary stewards.
Full day sessions for students entering grades 4-6
9:00am – 3:00pm
Young scientists in this program will explore Waquoit Bay Reserve using a variety of instruments, from hydrometers to projecting microscopes. They will conduct investigations based on research projects in the Reserve, monitor ground water, test water quality, observe wildlife, and learn to recognize human impacts to the bay. They will play games to illustrate natural cycles, and get to know the plants, algae, and animals in and around Waquoit Bay. Students will wade in the shallow waters and marsh creeks to find estuary creatures, and dig into studies of rocks, soil, water, and sunlight.
Women in Science
Full day session for girls entering grades 7, 8 & 9
Mon-Wed: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday: 1:00pm – overnight – Friday: Pick-up noon
In this week of hands-on activities, young women will receive inspiration and support as they meet women scientists who will describe their career paths and projects. Students will conduct field research alongside WBNERR staff and visiting scientists, and use a variety of instruments and technologies to gather and record data from the marshes, fields, forests, and waters of Waquoit Bay Reserve. A highlight of this session will be the boat trip to Washburn Island and overnight on Reserve property, where the students will leave their cell phones behind as they explore local ecology and hike the trails. An afternoon lesson on shell fishing and an evening campfire will round out the day and set the stage for them to spend the night with their teachers and classmates. The session is sure to provide plenty of fun, build confidence, and offer a look at potential careers in science, technology, and engineering.
Full day session for students entering grades 6, 7 & 8
9:00am – 3:00pm
Students will design and create exciting take- home projects using the engineering design process in the classroom lab and in a variety of habitats nearby. They will draw on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to build, test, and redesign their projects, which will be based on real-life problems and challenges. They will learn about renewable energy and the many ways to capture and harness sun, wind, and water power. Throughout the session, interactive games and water activities will keep the interest level high and the kids cooled down.
TIDAL Quest: Teens Investigating Diversity of Aquatic Life
Full day session for students entering grades 9-12
9:00am – 3:00pm
Do you love science, technology, and figuring out how things work? Join a small team of students spending a week in the field while conducting environmental monitoring projects with Waquoit Bay Reserve scientists. Students will discover the latest technologies used locally to study climate change and sea level rise, monitor wildlife and examine plant communities, and look for ways to solve environmental issues while socializing with other teens and developing questions to investigate. Participation in this session may help determine a career path or boost a college application.
To hear an audio clip of Waquoit Bay History and teens exploring the estuary click here. Narrated by Pam Briscoe, Waquoit resident, featured speaker Jim Rassman, Stewardship Coordinator, Waquoit Bay NERR and Science School Instructor, Gil Newton
For more information or questions: email: firstname.lastname@example.org (during the winter months, this email is not monitored on a regular basis, but we will respond as we see the emails-thank you.)
Payment – online payment through PayPal preferred. If you choose to print an invoice, your registration will be confirmed once payment is received.
Cancellation Policy – Refunds will only be made if we are able to fill your child’s spot (less a $25.00 administrative fee).