Group travels from Washington, D.C., to get hands-on marine science experience in NH
But first-hand exposure to the work of marine research scientists aboard a vessel might have convinced a few.
HERO, based in Washington, D.C. and in Washington state, is dedicated to increasing college readiness among middle and high school boys, with a special focus on young men of color from economically disadvantaged families.
The 63 students were broken up into small groups during the Coastal Floating Lab program. Each group studied a core sample taken from the bottom of the Piscataqua River, and learned about marine life, ocean navigation and the coastal landscape.
"It has been an extremely wonderful day. I think the guys are learning a lot, and they are out of their comfort zone," HERO Director Kevin Mungin said. "That's the best part of this for me, is seeing them enjoy learning something they might not have if they hadn't come with us."
Previous summer groups have gone to North Carolina.
"These different experiences let them know life is more than where they live," Mungin said.
"We are getting them excited about opportunities that exist outside of their normal environment," Wiley said.
"We need to get kids on boats doing things in the field first," Wiley said, noting the interest in content will follow.
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