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The Chesapeake Summer Program


Date: March 31, 2014

A new program offered by the CES will give high school students a chance to get their feet wet in the marine sciences and geographic information systems while working with Washington College faculty and undergrads. 

Washington College and the Center for Environment & Society are pleased to announce the Chesapeake Summer Program, a hands-on, interdisciplinary experience for high school students that combines leading-edge science and technology with work and fun on the water and in the field. Open to grades 9-12, the program comprises two one-week tracks with an optional “bridge weekend” in between. Students can enroll in one or both weeks; each session is limited to 16 students, and applications are being accepted now.

The first week, Discoveries Underwater (June 15-20), will introduce equipment and techniques used to examine the marine environment from the water surface to below the seabed. Engineering, physics, chemistry, and environmental science will play the lead roles as students build underwater robots and observation buoys, and study the Chester River on the College’s research vessels. Week two, Geospatial Technologies and GIS (June 22-27), will introduce students to one of the fastest growing fields for college graduates, geographic information systems. Using the College’s GIS Lab and gathering data from the local community, students will learn software programs and applications to create their own GIS maps.

The Bridge Weekend (June 20-22) at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum gives students plenty of reason to stay for the weekend, as they’ll learn Bay history and culture while crabbing, fishing, and spending a night in a historic lighthouse.

To download a brochure, get more information, or to register, go to https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/5197-chesapeake-summer-program

Last modified on Apr. 9th at 8:56am by Kathy Thornton.