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.

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!

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