The students came to the Aquarium after school once a week for a program called TeMPEST (Teen Maritime Program Emphasizing Science & Technology). Its goals are to promote the teens’ STEM literacy, to prepare them for college, to make them aware of career opportunities and to develop skills that will help them in any profession.
Most of the 61 students attend Brien McMahon and Norwalk high schools, with several also participating from Stamford High School.
Other highlights of the year for TeMPEST underclassmen included: hosting guest speakers from the Aquarium and other professions; field trips to other science-based institutions; working with Trout Unlimited to raise trout in the classroom and release them this spring; and college visits in Boston for the high-school juniors.
Ten TeMPEST graduating seniors had paid Aquarium internships this year, working with the Education, Animal Husbandry and Exhibits departments. Their project was to assist with behaviorial studies of the Aquarium’s harbor seals, river otters and meerkats. Their results include new signs at those exhibits, telling Aquarium guests how to share their observations of those creatures’ behaviors.
TeMPEST was made possible this year thanks to the generous support of the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, the Henry Niles Foundation, Kinder Morgan Foundation and Wells Fargo.
High school students in Norwalk and Stamford interested in joining TeMPEST during the 2017-18 school year should call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2281, or email email@example.com.
For more information about The Maritime Aquarium’s educational programs, for students of all ages, go to www.maritimeaquarium.org or call (203) 852-0700.
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