Spring 2017 Programs: That’s a Wrap!

June 20, 2017

It’s been another great season of hands-on learning and science exploration on the Salish Sea. Eighteen schools and nearly 500 students participated in Salish Sea Expeditions’ SOUND Programs this season from mid-March to early June. There were¬†65 program days¬†which ranged from single day trips, to extended 3-5 day adventures.

Although the weather threw us some curveballs this spring, it didn’t dampen the spirits of our student scientists, who had the chance to explore some pretty cool science questions while aboard the Good Ship Carlyn. Some of these research projects included comparing presence of plankton with the presence of copper, and water pH compared to plankton abundance.

You can read more about our spring expeditions by visiting the Ship’s Log section of our website.
The capstone experience of the season was our Student Science Symposium on Monday, June 12. The event gives students the chance to share their original marine science research with their peers and professional scientists.

This year’s Symposium was one of our most successful to date, and involved 146 students from Salish programs and the Seattle Aquarium’s Citizen Science Program. Over the course of the day, attendees heard from keynote presenter Dr. Thomas Poole, partner organizations, and student groups who shared presentations that combined artful interpretation of data, great questions from the audience, and extrapolation on what they would like to explore more thoroughly if given the chance.

You can see one of our presenting schools here.

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