Who: Female high school students in grades 9 – 12 (Fall 2018)
Where: Boothbay Sea and Science Center, Hurricane Island and S/V Vela
This program is an integrated two-week STEM-based marine biology and sailing program for Maine High School young women and offered jointly through the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership and the Boothbay Sea and Science Center. Twelve participants will spend two weeks learning about oceanography, marine biology, maritime history, sustainability, marine technology, marine debris, etc. on Hurricane Island and aboard a sailing vessel. Students will be split into 2 groups of 6, each experiencing one week of programming on Hurricane Island and the other week learning aboard Vela, a 50-foot gaff headed sloop that will travel between the Boothbay Sea and Science Center in East Boothbay and Hurricane Island. All students will spend 2 days on Hurricane Island in the middle of the program for teambuilding and leadership programming. The program will culminate in a community presentation of student findings at BSSC.
This program is in its pilot year with the intention of creating a long-lasting and broad-reaching program that focuses on providing Maine young women with STEM experiences. As both organizations are focused on collaborating to share resources and provide transformative experiences through research and experiential science education, the goal is to continue this collaboration for years to come. Take your summer experience to the next level with learning and adventure at-sea with other young women who share your passion and excitement about the world around them!