Sarah Jansury, 12, a seventh-grader at Gilmanton School operates an underwater robot in the deep water tank at the University of New Hampshire's Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory during Student Ocean Discovery Day on Friday (GRETYL MACALASTER PHOTO)
Ocean Discovery Day
NH students educated, inspired during Ocean Discovery Day at UNH
Inside, students had a chance to operate an underwater robot in the massive deep-water tank while outside they learned about plankton, marine mammals, and had a chance to dissect squid, a popular activity among students of all ages.
UNH Marine Docents, volunteers from a variety of coastal organizations, as well as faculty with the new UNH Marine Program, manned the many work stations and did their best to impart their knowledge and excitement to the students.
This includes students interested in engineering and computer science.
Members of the public can also tune in online when a research vessel is out to sea and follow along with what their underwater robots are seeing.Jake Malatesta, 14, and Jack Fogarty, 14, both eighth-graders at Moultonborough Academy, said they were intrigued by a demonstration on oil flume testing, and a discussion about how trash in the ocean is discovered and dealt with.
He said he thinks the visit will inspire students to keep the ocean clean and get more involved in ocean-related activities.
Mary Fougere, a science teacher at Gilmanton School, said she also likes that her students are exposed to many other adults working in the field, and other teachers agreed that the hands-on exposure offered more than they could ever present inside the four walls of a classroom."