University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory

CAMBRIDGE — The Society of Women in Marine Science chapters at Horn Point Laboratory, University of Delaware and Virginia Institute of Marine Science are hosting the first Delmarva SWMS Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 and 14 at Horn Point Lab in Cambridge.

A component of this symposium is an outreach event which will expose middle and high school girls (sixth through 12th grades) to STEM resources, role models and activities.

SWMS Saturday is a 3.5-hour event at the Horn Point Laboratory from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 14.

Girls will rotate through activities led by local researchers throughout the morning, with each activity representing a different STEM field.

Activities include:

Mini Bio Blitz — Participants will learn about biodiversity in our region, and will learn how to use a variety of tools and techniques to positively identify species.

Oyster Dissection — Participants will understand the internal components of an oyster and how they interrelate. Focus on filter feeders, ecosystem engineers, habitat value.

Current Modeling and Ecosystem Connectivity — Participants will understand how wind drives surface currents and how water moves throughout a system. Participants also will understand how pollution enters a system, and visualize its fate.

Researchers from a number of STEM institutions will be there to inspire middle and high school girls to become the next generation of scientists and engineers. The event will be an opportunity to develop mentorships with female scientists.

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