Coastal Ocean Science Academy


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July, August
    • Session Length: One Week, Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: Marine Biology
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
    • Call: 781.581.7370 ext. 373
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    The Coastal Ocean Science Academy is a marine science day program that aims to connect young people to local coastal habitats, and the methods scientists use to study them. The program is based at NUMSC’s campus in Nahant, but includes off-site field trips to locations both on & off the water.

    COSA Littorina – Middle School Program The Littorina program exposes students entering seventh and eighth grades to local coastal and marine habitats, including the sandy beach, rocky shore, open water/harbor, and coastal wetlands. This is a one-week, field-trip based program where students will learn how to keep a field notebook and take basic measurements of weather, water quality, and biodiversity in different coastal habitats, all the while exploring the relationship between these parameters. Participation will well-equip students to enter the research/project-based Coastal Ocean Science Academy for high schoolers in the future.

    COSA Chondrus – High School – Introductory Level Students enrolled in this introductory marine biology program will learn about coastal and marine habitats and develop basic research skills. Topics covered include identifying and classifying marine organisms, monitoring water quality, measuring species richness and diversity, and analyzing survey results. Students will also explore threats to coastal and marine resources. Field studies take place at a salt marsh, sandy beach, rocky shore, and on open water.

    COSA Pagurus – High School – Advanced Level Building on knowledge learned in Chondrus, Pagurus students will deepen their knowledge of local coastal ecology and habitats through student-led field investigation. Staff will facilitate student inquiry and research in topics of their own choosing. Ample access to field sites for data collection will be provided, as well as guidance in developing sound research questions, methodologies, analyzing data, and presenting results. It is possible that Pagurus students will return to field sites previously visited (which is what scientists do!) Pagurus students will play a role in explaining fieldwork protocols to Chondrus students, but they will also have some separate opportunities presented at a level that assumes their prior knowledge and advanced interest in marine science.

    For more information, to apply for the program, and download the application pack, check out our website!

    Cost and Session Information

    COSA Littorina (middle school): July 30-August 3, 2018

    COSA Chondrus and Pagurus (high school): August 13-24, 2018

    Fees and Payment

    Instructions on how to remit a deposit and payments can be found in the application pack. Fees include all equipment, student materials, t-shirt, transportation to off-site field locations, entry for all fee-based field experiences, daily lunch, and snacks.

    Middle School Program: 2018 fees are $500 for the 5-day program plus $50 for optional shuttle service. High School Program: 2018 fees are $1000 for the 10-day program plus $100 for optional shuttle service. Scholarships

    In 2018, there are a limited number of full and partial scholarships available, and details can be found in the applicatoin pack. 

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