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Students analyzing a water sample for dissolved oxygen levels.

Student analyzing a water sample for dissolved oxygen levels. 

July 18, 2018

NOAA and Washington Sea Grant are embarking on the sixteenth year of NOAA Science Camp in Seattle, WA. The camp offers two, one-week middle school camps, a two-week junior leadership program for high school students, and a three-day remotely operated vehicle (ROV) mini session. PMEL volunteers interact with approximately 90 middle school and high school students through hands on learning activities to simulate some of the oceanographic work done at PMEL.

As part of NOAA Science Camp, PMEL helps middle school campers learn more about ocean circulation, density, plankton, dissolved oxygen, data collection, water quality and ecosystem health. Campers get to try out collecting data using a Niskin bottle, plankton net tow, Secchi disk, Van Veen Grab, and a glass syringe for dissolved gas analysis. After each station, students walk away excited about what they've collected. Later in the week, middle school campers are presented with a science mystery to solve. They visit several NOAA offices to find out more about various aspect of the scenario and then apply what they learned to test their hypotheses. Campers present their findings and conclusions on the last day of camp each week and are evaluated by a scientist representative of each office.

PMEL engineers and technicians met with the junior leaders to share expertise on buoy design and development as the high school students developed and deployed through own buoys in Lake Washington. 

More than 10 NOAA offices participate in the event and have their scientists and staff interact directly with camp participants to demonstrate how NOAA research addresses environmental issues on both local and international scales.


PMEL in the News

July 16, 2018
The state's climatologist Nick Bond joins Ross Reynolds to talk about the record-breaking heat over the weekend and what we can expect this summer. Bond says the biggest systematic change is that the nighttime temperatures have gone up,...
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After three weeks of scanning and sampling for methane seeping out along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, researchers aboard the Nautilus pulled into the Port of Astoria on Friday with their findings. Tamara Baumberger and Bob Dziak are quoted. 

July 03, 2018

A scientific look at how fireworks can impact breathing for sensitive groups like young children and pregnant women.Nick Bond is quoted.