In early August, Tabor Academy is offering an incredible three-week Marine Science experience. Campers will enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, trapping, experiments, individual research projects, field excursions, and much, much, more!
During the first week of this three-week program, campers will learn about Research Methods as they identify the content and steps required to produce significant data for their independent research projects.
They will learn how to capture, identify, classify, observe, and release organisms from the ocean. They will also be able to identify local marine habitats as they explore the various marine environments around Sippican Harbor and the area. They will replicate these habitats within the Marine Science Center to make the captured specimens comfortable while under observation.
- Introduction to the Scientific Method and a presentation of the programs expansive research array
- Discovery and Initiation of an Independent Marine Science Research Project
- Marine Specimen collection by lobster traps, eel traps, fishing gear, and more
- Individual Microhabitat creation and monitoring in the Marine Science Center's Wet-lab
- Specimen Identification and Natural History study
- Kayak to local habitats to observe marine organisms in their natural habitats
- Explore the rocky intertidal pools of Sandwich Beach, Massachusetts.
- Whale Watch expedition to Stellwagen Bank (world renowned for dense whale populations)
- Snorkel over the sandy, rocky, & marsh habitats, make observations of local specimens
- Evening plankton capture and identification including observation of bioluminescence
During the second week, the campers will learn about marine technology integration to improve research potential. Modern technology is critical to marine science field research. Campers will learn to pilot a drone, operate an ROV and learn how each can help in data collection. We will also visit the world renown Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Woods Hole, MA, to see their docks and labs to observe and learn about the latest technology for research.
- Become adept at using our state-of-the-art drone to conduct aerial surveys of Sippican Harbor
- Use the drone and ROV to map eelgrass progression and recession
- Learn how to navigate and explore the ocean floor with our underwater ROV
- Join a research team and assemble an underwater ROV
- Drone video footage taken off of Race Point in Provincetown, MA, of whales, turtles, and other wildlife.
- Gather valuable data at a variety of locations and depths with the YSI probe
- Design and employ creative, new capture apparatus
- Trip to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to meet with scientists developing the latest equipment models in marine research
Finally, in the third week, we will learn more about physical oceanography, learning to identify the physical properties of seawater and how to sample density, temperature, visibility, erosion, and movement.
We will also learn to identify the chemical properties of the seawater and instruct students how to sample dissolved gases, salinity, nitrogen, and acidity. At last, during this final week, the students will prepare presentations to share their research project design and results.
- Learn how to test for critical water qualities of seawater - dissolved oxygen, salinity, density, temperature, visibility and many more
- Use the drone and the ROV to collect water quality data
- Model global ocean current and atmospheric processes
- Measure density gradients and current speeds
- Kayak to various habitats to explore and identify ecological differences
- Trip to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to be a part of the specimen collection cruise on the Research Vessel 'Gemma' for the Marine Resource Center of the Marine Biological Laboratories.
- Use the YSI probe to gather water quality data within and outside of the harbor
- Investigate the latest research endeavors in climate and ocean sustainability
- Produce and present your research projects
All throughout their stay, our students will enjoy recreational sailing, swimming, fishing, and outdoor games together when they are not engaged in marine science. Tabor offers a wonderful location to relax and enjoy the great outdoors while learning about the marine environment first hand.