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Summer Programs for Children and Young Adults

Please note: The only summer youth program that Woods Hole Sea Grant and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution lead is Girls in Science. As a resource, this page also lists other local organizations that offer summer programs for children and young adults. Please contact the individual programs directly for details on their offerings.

 

Girls in Science Fellowship, Woods Hole

EarthWatch and Woods Hole Sea Grant are collaborating on a week-long Girls in Science fellowship in Woods Hole on August 7-13 and 14-20 2022 (2 different sessions).  As fellows, the 10 young women, current sophomores and juniors attending a high school in Massachusetts, will work with an all-female team of leading scientists to investigate marine mammal bioacoustics. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Research Specialist Laela Sayigh is the principal investigator working with the fellows to build hydrophones, analyze the sounds whales and dolphins make, and meet some of the amazing STEM professionals in this field. The fellowship aims to promote diversity and expose young women to a variety of marine careers in STEM. Applications will become available on January 18th, 2022, and will be accepted until March 23rd, 2022.

Click here for more information and to apply

Contact: Grace Simpkins, gsimpkins@whoi.edu


 

Please note: The following local organizations offer summer programs for children and young adults. Please contact the individual programs directly for details on their offerings.

 

Children’s School of Science, Woods Hole

The Children’s School of Science encourages a love and appreciation of science through inquiry-based learning. Frequent field trips and hands-on classroom study provide the opportunity to explore nature, become adept at observation, and discover the rules that govern natural processes. Students benefit from the renowned scientific institutions in Woods Hole and the unique living classroom created by the complex biology and geology of Cape Cod.  They typically offer courses to students aged 7 to 16. This summer there will be sessions running from July 5-July 22 and July 25-August 11.  There are a range of topics and examples include seashore life, ecological art, the geology of Cape Cod, physical oceanography, nautical science, biological illustration, coastal resilience, and more. Visit their website for a complete list.

For more information and registration, please visit: http://childrensschoolofscience.org/

Children’s School of Science
P.O. Box 522
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 548-3603


Falmouth Academy, Falmouth

Programs offer a space to build, create, think, design, explore, and play! Offered to all ages and interests in the arts, athletics, language, science & technology, sports, and outdoor adventure.  Summer Programs are offered morning, afternoon, and full-day from June 27-August 19.

Camp Mariner is designed specifically for the youngest campers, Camp SEAfarer is aimed at campers aged 8-15, with sports, arts, and enrichment activities, Skills Clinics are offered for Soccer, Basketball, and Lacrosse, and Musical Theater Academy or Technical Theater Academy are offered for those interested in drama.

For more information and registration, please visit https://www.falmouthacademy.org/summer/welcome

Mr. Charlie Jodoin, Director of Auxiliary Programs
Falmouth Academy
Email: cjodoin@falmouthacademy.org


Science + Nature Summer Camps for Girls, Penikese Island School

Penikese Island School is holding 6 sessions of STEAM summer camp in 2022 for middle-school girls. Five-day/four-night camps are held on historic Penikese Island, a beautiful, undeveloped 76-acre sanctuary and outdoor classroom. Penikese is located in Buzzards Bay at the west end of the Elizabeth Islands, with travel provided from Woods Hole aboard a USCG inspected vessel. Campers have an island of their own to explore and discover while living comfortably off-the-grid with camp staff in a charming rustic farmhouse. Hands-on science and nature lessons are provided by leading local researchers and artists. Focus is on science and natural history through the lens of a unique island environment and its wildlife. Scholarships are available. Enrollment is limited to 12 campers per session. Summer sessions are:  July11-16, July 18-23, July 25-30, August 1-8, August 8-13, and August 16-20.
For more information and registration, please visit: https://www.penikese.org/camp

 


Sea Education Association, Woods Hole

SEASCape: SEA Science on the Cape 

This 3-week summer program at SEA offers current high school students, including graduating seniors, the opportunity to study the marine environment from a variety of perspectives: scientific, historical, literary, and nautical. Participants live and study at our campus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Academic programming is scheduled throughout each day, including on most weekend days. Coursework includes lectures, discussions, laboratory activities, and field trips; all introducing students to the study of oceanography, the history of humanity's relationship with the oceans, and modern maritime issues. Teamwork, leadership, and a sense of community are the underlying values of SEA’s academic curriculum.  Session I:  June 27-July 14, Session II:  July 9-August 5.

For more information, please visit https://www.sea.edu/high_school_programs/seascape

SEA Expedition

SEA Expedition is a 2-week offshore summer program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as recent high school graduates. Centered on learning by doing, SEA Expedition is a multidisciplinary experience that welcomes students to participate in every aspect of a challenging offshore sailing and oceanographic expedition. SEA Expedition occurs entirely aboard the Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Corwith Cramer, one of two sailing research vessels operated by SEA. Session 1: July 5-July 17, Session 2:  July 21-August 2.

For more information, please visit:  https://www.sea.edu/high_school_programs/sea-expedition

SEA Quest

This high school summer program brings students from around the world who want to learn more about the sea together. The SEA Quest high school seminars are fun, inclusive, and engaging. They meet twice a day online for two weeks.  There are 3 separate sessions.  Session 1 (Plastics and Oceanography):  June 20th-July 1st, Session 2 (Sargassum and Marine Ecology):  July 11-July 22, Session 3 (coral and climate):  July 25-August 5th. 

For more information, please visit:  https://www.sea.edu/high_school_programs/sea-quest

Information about all of SEA's programming, including undergraduate, can be found at: https://www.sea.edu/


Waquoit Bay Summer Science School, Falmouth

A series of week-long learning adventures, Summer Science School at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve introduces kids and teens to coastal ecology while having fun and fostering new friendships. (This has not been updated for 2022.  Their updates will come out in February)

Bayside Buddies – Half day sessions. Students entering grades 2-3 will get wet, muddy and inspired while exploring the habitats and wildlife around Waquoit Bay through games, crafts, and scientific investigations.

Estuary Adventures – Full day sessions. Students entering grades 4-6 will explore Waquoit Bay Reserve using a variety of instruments, from hydrometers to projecting microscopes.  These young scientists will conduct investigations based on research projects in the Reserve, monitor groundwater, test water quality, observe wildlife, and learn to recognize human impacts on the bay.

STEM Adventures – Full day session. Students entering grades 6-8.  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.  They will learn about renewable energy and the many ways to capture and harness sun, wind, and water power.

Women in Science Program - Full day session. Young women entering grades 7-9 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.

Teen Program: TIDAL QUEST – Teens Investigating Diversity of Aquatic Life Students entering grades 9-12. 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.

Additional information is available at http://waquoitbayreserve.org/education-programs/science-school/.
Contact: (508) 289-1850 or e-mail waquoitbayscienceschool@gmail.com.

Co-Sponsored by the Waquoit Bay Reserve and the Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation