Waquoit Bay Summer Science School

Summer Science School

Summer Science School 2022 

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Please click the session dates below for the week you would like to register your child(ren).  In addition to the online registration and payment, please complete the Medical/Emergency Contact and Immunization Forms and return to waquoitbayscienceschool@gmail.com.  Forms must be received prior to your child attending summer science school. Thank you.

Emergency Contact/Medical Information Form (PDF Version) (Word Doc)

Immunization Form (PDF)

What should my child bring to Summer Science School?

Please note Covid-19 vaccinations are not required for children to participate in the Summer Science School, however vaccinations are required for teachers and staff.  We will continue to adhere to the CDC and  Commonwealth of Massachusetts requirements and guidelines and adapt as necessary. 

Full and partial scholarships are available for each session.  To apply, please fill out the Scholarship Application and send it to waquoitbayscienceschool@gmail.com.

If any of the sessions are full please send an email to waquoitbyscienceschool@gmail.com to be placed on a waitlist.

Bayside Buddies – Half day sessions for students entering grades 2-3

July 18-22, 2022 – Sessions are full
Session 1 – 9:00am – 12:00pm (morning)
Session 2 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm (afternoon)
Cost: $200

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.

Estuary Adventures – Full day sessions for students entering grades 4-6

Sessions are Full

REGISTER – Session 1 – July 11 – 15, 2022
REGISTER – Session 2 – August 1 – 5, 2022

9:00am – 3:00pm
Cost: $375

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.

Waquoit Bay Reserve’s Education Programs

Women in Science – Full day session for young women entering grades 7-9

REGISTER – July 25-29, 2022
9:00am – 3:00pm 
Cost: $375

 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 Waquoit Bay staff and visiting scientists. They will 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 an evening program including a campfire and cookout where the students will explore local ecology in early evening. The session is sure to provide plenty of fun, build confidence, and offer a look at potential careers in science, technology, and engineering.

Note:  Mon-Wed 9:00am-3pm, Thurs. 3:00pm-9:00pm (evening program) and Friday 9:00am-3:00pm

STEM Curriculum

STEM Adventures – Full day session for students entering grades 6-8

REGISTER – August 8-12, 2022
9:00am – 3:00pm
Cost: $375

Session is Full

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

Session is Full

REGISTER – August 15-19, 2022
9:00am – 3:00pm
Cost: $375

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: waquoitbayscienceschool@gmail.com (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.  

Cancellation Policy – Refunds will only be made if we are able to fill your child’s spot (less a $25.00 administrative fee).