Overview

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.

In 2018, we are offering a week-long middle school program and a two-week-long high school program. Both run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, and they begin/end each day at the Marine Science Center in Nahant.

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. The Middle School Program runs from Monday, July 30 through Friday, August 3. Maximum group size is 20.

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. The High School Program runs Monday through Friday from August 13-24. Maximum group size is 20.

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. The High School Program runs Monday through Friday from August 13-24. 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, and to apply for the program, please download the application pack here: https://cos.northeastern.edu/marinescience/outreach/coastal-ocean-science-academy/

Please contact Val Perini at v.perini@northeastern.edu or call 781.581.7370, x373 with any questions. 

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