STEAM 2020 Virtual Summer Program

STEAM 2020 Virtual Summer Program

The 2020 Virtual STEAM Summer Program is a series of free, online, interactive sessions developed for students in grades 6-9. The sessions will be taught by Maritime College faculty, students, and staff covering diverse topics in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Sessions will be available every Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. starting June 24 through August 5.

  • Learn Python - a simple computer programming language

  • Discover how Geographic Information Systems can collect, store and manage data to track things such as the change of greenhouse gases during COVID-19

  • Explore marine life, especially the oysters that are returning to New York Harbor

  • Learn about marine conservation such as water quality, ocean acidification, and microplastics 

  • And more!

STEAM 2020 Summer Sessions

SUMMER KICK OFF WITH EXPLORATION OF MARINE ORGANISM: JUNE 24

Explore your Estuary! Learn about the marine organisms inhabiting our local waters from the perspective of the oyster – known as the ecosystem engineers for their ability to form reefs. What do you see at your local shoreline/beach? What else lives in our two estuaries of national significance – Long Island Sound and the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary?

Middle and High School students welcome.

INTRODUCTION TO PYTHON: July 1

Come and learn about python, an easy to learn programming language.

Middle School students: 10-11:30 a.m.

Students will learn how to make a Mad Lib generator.

High School Students: 12 noon-1:30 p.m.

Students will learn how to make a simple graphical game in python

CLIMATE CHANGE AND GREENHOUSE GASES: July 8

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions due to stay-at-home orders. Come and learn how greenhouse gases play an important role in climate change and the importance of using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a tool to compare emission levels between years.

Middle School Students: 10-11:30 a.m.
High School Students: 12 noon-1:30 p.m.
 

For students who are interested in these topics and want to go more in-depth, we are offering two follow-up sessions on Thursday and Friday, July 9 and 10.

JULY 15 : topics to be announced

Making Memes for the Conservation of Unattractive Species: July 22

In this session, students will discuss threats to endangered species worldwide, then develop their own memes to aid in the conservation of less charismatic species.  Through this process, students will gain practical experience in conservation, backed up by robust environmental science. 

OCEAN ACIDIFICATION PART I:  July 29

Have you ever been curious about ocean Acidification? Students will learn all about ocean acidification and how it happens. In between the two sessions, students will conduct an experiment at home using everyday supplies. 

OCEAN ACIDIFICATION PART II:  August 5

Ocean Acidification the Return. Students will discuss the results of experiments and will learn about the effects of ocean acidification on the sea creatures. Students will also discuss the possible solutions to this problem.

August 12: Topics to be announced

Fun With Numbers: August 19

Students will get to see the fun out of performing math calculations. They will learn how to work with binary numbers, see how Fibonacci relates to nature, and quiz someone on an expression they create.

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