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High School Marine Science Symposium

Scenes during the 2019 Annual Boston High School Marine Science Symposium held in the Curry Student Center on March 7, 2019. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Scenes during the 2019 Annual Boston High School Marine Science Symposium held in the Curry Student Center on March 7, 2019. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Registration will launch for the 2020 High School Marine Science Symposium at 4pm on Tuesday, January 14th.The Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) have been hosting these events since 1984, and the Northeastern University Marine Science Center has been co-hosting since 2013. These events attract hundreds of high schoolers and their teachers to come together and learn about research and practice around marine science topics and issues. This conference-style event features a keynote speaker, an ocean science demonstration fair, and hands-on workshops led by scientists, policymakers, graduate students, and others engaged in marine-related careers. Once the registration period has opened, please follow the below steps to register you and your students.

DATES AND LOCATIONS:

  • Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Northeastern University
  • The event will run from 8:00am – 1:00pm

EVENT FORMAT: The event will feature hands-on workshops (see registration pack for topics), an interactive demonstration fair, and a keynote speaker, affording a diversity of opportunities for students to interact with marine science experts. Students will attend two workshops, and have one time slot devoted to the demonstration fair where they can meet and network with multiple presenters throughout the session.

Scenes during the 2019 Annual Boston High School Marine Science Symposium held in the Curry Student Center on March 7, 2019. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

FEATURED PRESENTATION:

Comics x Science: Using Cartoons to Communicate Complex Ideas,presented by writer and illustrator Maris Wicks. Wicks will take you panel by panel through the use of cartoons and comics as a way to educate and engage readers of all ages. Journey to the jungles of Africa, inside the human body, Caribbean coral reefs, Antarctica, and even outer space to see how Wicks uses comics to convey general science concepts and work along side scientists to help communicate the science behind their research.

 COST: $15 per student, including lunch provided to all attendees. Teacher/chaperones attend for free. All schools (even those receiving scholarship funds) are responsible for providing their own transportation to/from the event.

 SCHOLARSHIPS: This year we are pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to students attending school in districts where >40% of students are classified as economically disadvantaged (click here to check eligibility based on district profiles). Scholarships will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are allocated. Due to the limited amount available, there is no guarantee that an entire class or school will be covered.

 FLYER: Click here to download an event flyer.

Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

 

INSTRUCTIONS TO REGISTER:

  1. Download and read the registration pack linked below:
  1. Fill out the online registration form linked below:
  1. Pay online via PayPal, or initiate a Purchase Order for payment by check. An invoice will be sent to you upon registration. Full payment is expected by the day of the event.
  2. Collect student workshop preferences via the attached form and submit student’s workshop preferences and submit by Friday, February 14th. To the greatest extent possible, workshop attendance will be assigned based on student preferences while ensuring an even distribution of participants in each session.
  1. Collect media releases (included in the registration pack) for every attendee, adults and youth alike. Please bring these with you to the event.
  2. Complete the Minors on Campus Paperwork

 

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

  • Deadlines:Workshop preferences and final # of students attending are due February 14th. Schools will be charged per student, based on the numbers we have on February 14th. Even if you bring less students on the day of the event, you will be charged for the number registered on February 14th
  • Transportation:All schools are responsible for providing their own transportation to/from the event, including those receiving scholarship funds.
  • Student Supervision:Students are not permitted to attend the event alone or without adult supervision. All students attending the event must be chaperoned by an adult.

 

CAN I SPONSOR THE EVENT?

If you or your organization is interested in providing scholarship funds for students from low-income school districts to be able to attend, it can do so at the $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or higher level. Please contact Emily at e.duwan@northeastern.edu, or click the link to donate below.  Sponsors will receive special mention in our program as well as at the events, and donors at the $500 level or higher will also receive special mention on event signage.

Click here to contribute!

 Thanks to our generous 2019 event sponsors and scholarship donors: Wade Institute for Science Education, Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs, East Coast Divers, Woods Hole Sea Grant, Friends of Lynn and Nahant Beach, Boston SCUBA, Bill Andrake, Amanda Madiera, Jennifer Albright, Heidi Baker, Richard Choate, Sara Perini, Aemi Herrera, Anne Smrcina, Peter Fifield, Scott Haggerty, Nate Rycroft, Sara Williams, Ben Moran, Susan Bryant, and David Eatough