This summer, Florida State University will again be sponsoring the Saturday-at-the-Sea Summer Day Camp (SATS Camp), a program that introduces late middle school & early high school students to experimental marine ecology.
The program is funded by the Office of Science Teaching Activities at Florida State University. Each session will include 12 students and 2 teacher participants. SATS Camp 2013 will accept students currently enrolled in 7th, 8th & 9th grade living in Florida.
Dates: This year we will be hosting five, free-of-charge week-long day camps:
June 17-June 21, July 08-12, July 15-19, July 22-26 & July 29-August 02
Cost: No charge to students currently enrolled in 7th, 8th & 9th grade living in Florida. This allows any student who expresses a desire to learn more about the marine environment & is nominated by their science teacher a chance to participate.
Application Deadline: Entire application must be postmarked by Wednesday 27 March 2013.
Eligibility: To be eligible, students must be nominated by their current science teacher.
Camp Details: Camp participants will spend their time at the FSU Coastal & Marine lab. They will be forming research teams & investigating ecological questions, as well as learning more about the local habitats and how they fit in. Students will be collecting & analyzing data, discussing & interpreting their results, and presenting their findings to their peers. In short, they will become marine scientists for the week! Never fear, though, SATS Camp will not be all work and no play! Students will be snorkeling on Turkey Point shoal, doing animal behavior investigations, making trips to salt marshes, oyster bars and sandy beaches, as well as going on a night boat ride to the local seagrass meadows!
The groups will meet each morning at the FSU campus in Tallahassee, and travel to and from the Florida State Marine Lab in FSU buses. Every Camp will have one overnight stay at the marine lab to do evening field work (Thursday night of the camp). For the overnight stay, dinner and breakfast will be provided. Students will need to bring their own bag lunches each day.
Camp Goals: The goal of the SATS Camp Program is to provide positive, science-related experiences for Florida Students. We hope that the SATS Camp experience will encourage these students to choose further instruction and eventually careers in sciences, as well as raise their environmental consciousness as they learn more about their coastal marine resources.
How to Apply:
Saturday-at-the-Sea Summer Camp is a component of the FSU Department of Biological Science's
Office of Science Teaching Activities Program (OSTA)