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UNCW MarineQuest Recieves NOAA Funding for Marine Debris Outreach Program

This fall UNCW MarineQuest will hit the road with its life-size inflatable whale classroom to educate upper elementary and middle school students about environmental issues related to marine debris. The yearlong project Traveling Through Trash: Coastal Migratory Animal Encounters with Marine Debris will serve rural schools in the coastal carolinas. The goals of the project are to increase student awareness of the sources of marine debris and to encourage their participation in ocean stewardship. For more information contact Dr. Kezios.

Shark Safety Statement

At no time will we force a camper to enter the water if they express concern for their safety. Whenever MarineQuest puts campers in the water, we first consult with the lifeguards and check the overhead visual reportings from local agencies. Please note that we are guests in an ocean which is inhabited by sharks, sting rays, jelly fish and other creatures that can be curious and sometimes dangerous. Before campers enter the water, our lifeguards goes in first and we establish a safety zone in which the kids must stay. We avoid piers and fishing areas. We do not allow MarineQuest campers in the water anytime around dusk which is the time of day sharks most frequently approach the inner coastal area. During our Surf-n-Science camps there are multiple instructors in the water with the campers and lifeguards on the watch on the beach. While we cannot guarantee a shark will never interfere with our campers, we do everything we can to make sure we are aware of our surroundings to the best of our ability.

MarineQuest Selected to Participate with Foldscope

Based on its work with youth and plankton monitoring in our coastal waters MarineQuest has been selected to participate in the beta testing of Foldscope, an Origami based print-and-fold paper-microscope designed for rugged field settings. Foldscope is an initiative from a research team at Stanford University focused on democratizing science by developing scientific tools that can scale up to match problems in global health and science education. If you would like to learn more about this initiative, see the inspirational TED talk by Dr. Prakash.



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