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Ocean Kids and Ocean Explorers

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Ocean Kids and Ocean Explorers

Ocean Kids and Ocean Explorers

Ocean Kids and Ocean Explorers

Ocean Kids and Ocean Explorers

Ocean Kids and Ocean Explorers

Ocean Kids and Ocean Explorers

Ocean Kids and Ocean Explorers

Ocean Kids and Ocean Explorers

Ocean Kids 

Since 2008, students from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science have been sharing their love for science and ocean conservation with children from underserved Greater Miami communities through “Ocean Kids”.  This event, founded by Rosenstiel School faculty member Dr. Jill Richardson, is a day of of service, connection, and discovery.  

To date, we have reached over 2000 K-12 students from high-needs education districts and inspired them with hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities and lesson plans.  We motivate them to stay in school and be a part of the expanding movement to save our oceans.

Children are naturally inquisitive, but studies show that their interest in STEM wanes by the time they reach middle school.  Additionally, lack of preparation in science among under-represented minority groups in elementary education results in reduced enrollment and success in secondary and collegiate settings. 

All the while, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while others are growing at only 9.8% (U.S. Department of Commerce), and STEM careers are at the foundation of community stability, growth, and transformation (Science Pioneers, www.sciencepioneers.org).

"In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught." (Baba Dioum, 1968)

  • The global ocean has lost more than 90% of large, predatory fishes, and 75% of all major fisheries are over-exploited, fully exploited, or depleted.
  • According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea.
  • Polar ecosystems, including some of the rarest and most fascinating animals on our planet, are on the verge of unprecedented change… or collapse.
  • Coral reefs and coastal, marine habitats have experienced global degradation as a result of development, overfishing, and pollution.
  • Ocean acidification, caused by the excessive uptake of carbon dioxide produced by the burning of fossil fuels, is dismantling the ocean’s ecosystems.

Ocean Explorers

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Ocean Explorers will be held for the first time in 2022! It is a similar event to Ocean Kids but is specifically designed for middle and high school students. Ocean Explorers is an immersive field trip hosted at Rosenstiel School for middle and high school students from under-resourced schools in Miami-Dade County. There will be fourteen engaging stations to excite students about ocean exploration science and conservation. Students will learn how to become stewards for their local marine environment and envision their path to an advanced degree by interacting with university students and faculty volunteers.

Students will visit different educational and engaging stations to learn about coral reef restoration, ocean acidification, fish physiology, bioluminescence, marine mammal rescue, sounds of the sea, larval fish, marine invertebrates, microplastics, recycling and composting, exploration science, coastal watersheds, and underwater archeology. Students will also receive a tour of a laboratory and a research vessel.

Ocean Explorers 2022 is made possible by an Ocean Exploration Education Mini Grant from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and NOAA Ocean Exploration awarded to Rosenstiel School faculty members Dr. Jill Richardson and Dr. Maria Cartolano.

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