“Ship to Shore” Program Explores the Wonders of the Ocean

“Ship to Shore” Program Explores the Wonders of the Ocean

Girl Scouts gain exposure to interactive STEM activities at Rutgers on Dec. 15

WHAT: Close to 50 Girl Scout Cadettes will join with Rutgers faculty, staff and students in an event connecting the middle school girls with research currently being done on board the research vessel JOIDES Resolution, now sailing in the Pacific Ocean. The JOIDES Resolution is an ocean-drilling vessel that supports climate change, geology, microbiology, and earthquake research. Scientists from Rutgers University, who are doing similar work, will introduce the girls to the basics of geology, earth and marine science, the nature of science, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers using hands-on activities. The event will culminate with a live “ship to shore” video call with scientists on board the JOIDES Resolution. The Cadettes will be joined remotely on the call by Girl Scouts of Greater New York and Girl Scouts of Skyline Virginia at the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

Ship to Shore event

Middle school-age girls participating in ocean science activity at Rutgers

WHEN: Sat., Dec. 15, 1 to 4:15p.m.

WHERE: Cook Campus Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901.

WHO: The Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey and Girl Scout councils in New York and Virginia.

In the spring of 2012, members of Rutgers University’s Education and Outreach Group, in partnership with groups in New York and Virginia, received a grant from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and the National Science Foundation to identify the best practices for using the JOIDES Resolution as a platform for science education outside formal school settings. Girls have traditionally been underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and increasing their participation and retention in these fields remains important. The Rutgers, New York, and Virginia groups partnered with the local Girl Scout councils with the goal of introducing girls in grades 6-8 to ocean science and STEM careers, and encourage them to pursue these scientific areas. These girls, who were chosen because middle school is a crucial time in determining students’ attitudes about science, participated in hands-on activities in their local area and will be coming together on Dec.15 to share what they have learned as well as gain new information and interact with scientists.

Media Contact: Paula Walcott-Quintin
E-mail: quintin@aesop.rutgers.edu