Salish Sea Student Science Symposium

About the Program

Thank you, thank you for making our 10th Annual Salish Sea Student Science Symposium a great success! Check out photos from the event here, and a video presentation by one of our school groups here.

10th Annual Student Science Symposium
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 5-7:30 pm

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
550 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA

The Salish Sea Student Science Symposium brings together student scientists, teachers, and scientists, and resource professionals to share, explore and discuss research on local watersheds as well as the marine waters of Puget Sound.

  • This is a forum for individual students or any group of students to share their investigations and/or projects from the school year.
  • Participants from Salish programs are invited to use this event to share the science results of their projects from the school year.
  • For educators, it’s an opportunity to learn and share new approaches to facilitating inquiry-based science education.
  • Community members are invited to celebrate learning and inquiry by the youth who will become tomorrow’s scientists and innovators.

Interested in presenting? (click “Submit Student Presentation” to the upper right—>)

To see a presentation from the 2017 Symposium via Facebook LiveStream click here.

2018 Special Guest Speakers

“Kelp’s role in the fight against ocean acidification and climate change,” a project of the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, recently featured on 60 Minutes:
https://www.cbsnews. com/news/seaweed-farming-and- its-surprising-benefits/

Stephen Schreck
Stephen is a marine biologist at Puget Sound Restoration Fund. He received his B.S. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. He has been active in marine restoration projects and the utilization of kelp as a means to improve water quality in the Puget Sound. He is an avid under water enthusiast and can be found scuba diving for work and recreation. His current research is looking into how kelp can provide a halo of higher water quality utilizing aquaculture applications.

Amy Brodbeck
Amy is a field technician on the “kelp team” at the Puget Sound Restoration Fund. She recently obtained a Master’s in Marine Affairs and a Certificate in Climate Science from the University of Washington. In addition to engaging with science first-hand, she is passionate about sharing it with the public. She works to make science actionable by translating scientific concepts into more digestible narratives through creative means such as video and story mapping. Through her work, she aims to engage others with concepts around climate change, sustainability and marine issues to work toward building a healthy environment.

Event Schedule

Doors open at 5:00 pm and the event will begin at 5:30 pm.

After brief introductions, we will launch into the evening’s main event featuring student presentations from a variety of schools throughout the Puget Sound region. All student presenters will be sharing their original research, either in an oral presentation or poster format. All research is focused on the Salish Sea and its connected waterways.

There will also be several partner organizations present to share future opportunities for students to engage further in science, engineering and technology.

The event concludes at 7:30.

The public is welcome to join us for a great evening of students sharing their experiences in science and maritime adventures. Pre-registration is encouraged (click “Attendee RSVP” to the upper right—>).

Presenter’s Guide

Presentation Guidelines

The Symposium is open to 5th – 12th grade students interested in presenting the results of their research project from the school year.  Even though the event has been designed around schools participating in Salish programs, we also invite groups that have not participated in Salish programs during the school year.


Presentations can include either a 5-10 minute PowerPoint presentation, or a poster or tri-board display. Salish will offer a template for presentation content which includes the experimental design, methods, field locations, results, conclusion and evaluation.

Presenters should also prepare a brief summary of lessons learned, ideas for the future, reflections on the fieldwork experience, and relevance to the Puget Sound ecosystem and/or community.

Presenters are requested to also send a brief (up to 500 words) summary of research to the Salish organizing staff. This abstract is then printed in the Science Symposium program.

Sample Student Presentation

Sample poster presentation

Register to Attend the 2018 Student Science Symposium

Presenters are required to RSVP and submit their presentation.

Questions? Contact our Education Director at (206)780-7848 ext 2 or


What is Salish Sea Expeditions?

Salish Sea Expeditions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to provide an opportunity for students to design and conduct real scientific research from the decks of a sailing vessel on Puget Sound.

What is the Salish Sea Student Science Symposium?

The Symposium is capstone event that celebrates the work of student scientists! It provides an opportunity for students from around the Puget Sound region to convene and share the results of their student designed research to peers, professional scientists, policy makers and the community.  The event hosts oral and poster presentations as well as hands on learning sessions from professional scientists.  Each year there is a keynote speaker with a demonstrated passion for science research and education.

Who can participate?

Students starting in 4th grade and beyond who have designed their own science research or field work utilizing the scientific method.

What is the maximum/minimum number of participants?

Student groups or individuals are welcome.  Teachers can bring the entire grade level, their class, or a delegate of students.  For presentations we ask that no more than six student scientists present.

Why should I participate?

  • To share what you learned using PowerPoint or a poster.
  • To meet other presenters.
  • To support young student scientists.
  • To talk to professional scientists who are working in fields related to your research.
  • To add to your resume of academic achievements.

What will happen during the day?

Presenting students and teachers will arrive before other guests to set up. Salish Staff will be assigned to help your group prepare and practice. Student presentations will follow throughout the day, with breaks for lunch, professional scientists’ presentations, and time to review the work of other students and local organizations in our exhibition hall. Additionally, several workshops, addressing a range of topics particular to the Puget Sound region and facilitated by regional scientists and environmental stewards will be available for students up to 12th grade to attend.

Does my project need to be about a certain topic?

No. Any original research question or field science project is welcome at the Symposium.

What type of presentations?

There are two categories for presentations, oral and poster.  Oral presentations can be in the format of a PowerPoint, Prezi, storybook, etc. and are not to exceed 10 minutes in length.  Poster presentations are on trifolds, poster board or large scientific poster.

When and Where?

Every year the date changes to accommodate schools and groups participating in the Salish SOUND programs.  Typically the event is held during the first week of June.  Please check our website for location and date.

How do I register to attend as a community member?

Here is a link to register to attend the 2018 Student Science Symposium:

Who will be there?

Students, teachers, professional scientists and interested members of the public will be there to hear presentations.

For students, this will be the culmination of their research projects, giving them the opportunity to share their findings and receive feedback from both professionals and peers.

For teachers, it will be an opportunity to learn and share new approaches to facilitating inquiry-based science education.

And for the community, it will serve as an opportunity to celebrate learning and inquiry by the youth who will become tomorrow’s scientists and innovators.

Are there scholarships or mini grants available?

There is a possibility that there may be funding for transportation fees and or substitute fees.  If these funds are available, it is on a reimbursement basis.

If you have questions at any time, please contact our Education Director at (206) 780 7848 or email


Thank You to Our Student Science Symposium Lead Sponsor

Thank You to Supporting Sponsors

Thank You to Our Annual Sponsors

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Program Details

Symposium Date: May 23, 2018
Location: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA
Grade Levels: 5th -- 12th grade
Registration Deadline:TBD
Registration is open to all students interested in sharing original marine science research focused on Puget Sound.

All are welcome to attend this free, educational event as an audience member; community seating is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged.

Photo Gallery

Instagram Feed

  • Students working together to assemble a plankton net on today's sail. The lucky plankton they caught traveled with them back to school for more student-led science!
#salishseaexpeditions #scienceundersail #science #plankton #goodshipcarlyn #experientialeducation #outdooreducation
  • We had a BLAST teaching everyone about plankton and sharing our program at the West Sound STEM Showcase today at the Kitsap Mall! Not only did we bust the microscopes out to look at plankton, but kids and adults alike tried their best to create a neutrally buoyant plankton with our plankton challenge! #plankton #stem #science #microscopes #westsoundstemnetwork #stemliteracy
  • Training Week is underway! Our Spring 2019 crew is testing their skills at sailing, science, and teaching! Here are some snapshots of our crew teaching each other. We are all teaching our fellow crew mates our professional skills and pro-tips from past experiences. #salishseaexpeditions #scienceundersail #sailing #pugetsound #carlyn #goodshipcarlyn #environmentaleducation #bainbridgeisland
  • All hands on deck! Tomorrow starts Salish Sea Expeditions spring season. Kicking things off with an amazing team of sailors, scientists & educators. Together we will instill curiosity about the marine environment through hands-on and inquiry based learning. #salishseaexpeditions #marinescience #salishsea #studentscientist #sailingforscience #sailing #inquirybasedscience