Students from across the state and country participated in this summer’s Summer Science field program. The four week-long sessions provided a total immersion into the realm of marsh grasses and molecules. Each program was led by university faculty, staff and graduate students, who took the students into the local habitats and the laboratories at UTMSI.
Dr. Ken Dunton started the program nine years ago, targeting children entering grades 3rd – 8th. Students spend the week with scientists learning how to conduct marine science and performing exciting hands-on experiments. The program also enlists the help of undergraduate and graduate students to learn about their research in trending topics such as fishery management, marine pollution, and changes in climate. As undergraduate Martha Romero states, “Seeing kids’ faces light up when they understood the concept of the day was the best part.”
A big thank you goes to our lead teachers Marilyn Cook, Julie Findley, Cliff Strain, and Jill Smith. Generous support was provided by the Port Aransas Independent School District, Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Jim Cravens, City of Port Aransas, Port Aransas Boatmen, Kiwanis Club of Port Aransas, and many volunteers.