SWMS Saturday- Outreach Event

The Society of Women in Marine Science (SWMS) chapters at Horn Point Laboratory, University of Delaware, and Virginia Institute of Marine Science are hosting the first Delmarva SWMS Symposium on September 13-14th, 2019 at Horn Point Lab in Cambridge, MD. A component of this symposium is an outreach event which will expose middle and high school girls (6th-12th grades) to STEM resources, role models, and activities. We are bringing together researchers from a number of STEM institutions to inspire middle and high school girls to become our next generation of scientists and engineers. SWMS Saturday is a 3.5-hour event at the Horn Point Laboratory on Saturday, September 14th from 8:30-12pm. Girls will rotate through activities led by local researchers throughout the morning, with each activity representing a different STEM field. The event will be an opportunity to develop mentorships with female scientists and will prepare girls for futures in STEM.

2019 Activities:

  • 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 will also understand how pollution enters a system, and visualize its fate.

Please email hplswms@umces.edu with any questions.