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  • Westerly Schools (Grades K-4) Friday, November 13th

    Gyotaku & Fishing Lure Construction (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Microscope Madness (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)  Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Gyotaku & Fishing Lure Construction Use paint to print a real fish on paper, a shirt, a piece of cloth or another item of your choice while learning the proper methods and tricks to gyotaku.  Make a fishing lure by using your fish insight.  Select a plug, design a color scheme, create its appearance, wire and add hooks, and take it home!  NESS supplies real fish.  Bring your own T-shirt or other item of your printing choice.  

    Microscope Madness Use microscopes and document cameras to get up close and personal with a variety of creatures and prepared slides from the NESS lab!  View crab claws, animal fur, insects, and plankton.  Construct your own plankton and enter it in the NESS Plankton Olympics.

     
  • Wednesday, November 11th (Grades 5-8) 

    Marine Camouflage Art (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Sea Survival Life Vest Challenge (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)    Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Marine Camouflage Art Jump into the artistic world of ocean camouflage!  Use paint, clay, pastels, and many other mediums to bring the underwater world to life.  Pick your sea creature, your art materials, and have fun while discovering the animal champions of camouflage like seahorses, octopus, and flounder.

    Sea Survival Life Vest Challenge Learn how engineers work to solve the challenges of a society and prove your sea safety skills by improving on a simple sea safety item, a life vest!  Students work in teams to devise a personal floatation device or "PFD" using everyday materials that can keep an unopened can of soup or vegetables afloat.  Finally see how well your team would survive in a hypothetical sea accident.

     
  • Monday, January 18th (Grades K-4)

    Snowflakes & Ice Crystals (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)  Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Snowflakes & Ice Crystals Oh the weather outside is frightful – and beautiful too! Come take a look at ice crystals and snowflakes under a microscope and see how it all relates to geometry. Observe the unique properties of water that make it so unique and valuable to all forms of life. Participate in the H2O Olympics and create your own snowflake to take home.  

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle All humans produce trash but how do you deal with it?  Help NESS scientists come up with a plan to deal with marine debris by collecting trash from a nearby beach, creating useable items from recycled materials and designing a poster to make the local community aware of their options to deal with their household trash.

     
  • Westerly Winter Break (Grades K-4) February 15-19

    ROVs & Marine Debris (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $180    Minimum 6 students

    Amazing Marine Animals (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Cost: $180    Minimum 6 students

    ROVs & Marine Debris  Work in teams to design and test a remote operated vehicle (ROV). Learn about the impact of marine debris and the influence of currents and gyres. Take the ROV Marine Debris Challenge to outfit your ROV with the ability to gather any marine debris in its path. Use your imagination and creativity to recycle clean and safe debris and enter it in the NESS Marine Debris Sculpture Creation Contest.   

    Amazing Marine Animals Dive into the amazing lives of marine animals.  Each day study a new type of marine animal and learn how they survive in their environments.  Study the hydrodynamics of penguins, the songs of whales, the anatomy of fish, and how sea stars really eat (hint: they have take-out!)

     
  • Westerly Winter Break (Grades 5-8) February 15-19

    Animal Stewards (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $180    Minimum 6 students

    Construction Clashes (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Cost: $180    Minimum 6 students

    Animal Stewards  If you could speak for the animals, what would you say? Gain animal and ecosystem knowledge, look into thriving and endangered populations, develop an ecotourism plan to benefit humans and animals, and help with local marine monitoring of protected areas. Develop and carry out a project that will give back to the ocean to help keep it safe and clean for our futures.   

    Construction Clashes Choose this team oriented engineering challenge to build a catapult, make a marble maze, experiment with model parachutes and investigate a variety of simple machines. Test your designs in team competitions, utilize iPads to aid construction plans, and have fun with engaging engineering trials while working with friends.

     
  • Tuesday, February 16th (Grades 5-8) 

    K'Nex Challenges (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Marine Science Paint & Pastels (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)    Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    K'Nex Challenges Take your engineering skills up a notch and build working models using K’Nex, design and engineer three different types of models and compare you designs to your classmates.  However you must be careful to stay under budget for each project, or your clients might not want to buy your building.

    Marine Science Paint & Pastels Art is essential to the science community.  Drawings and painting allow for documenting dissections of animals as well as depicting the ecology of ocean habitats.  Learn how to paint using pastels and create a piece of marine science art you can take home, or work on a bigger piece to display here at NESS.

     
  • Tuesday, February 16th (Grades K-4) 

    Basic Video Editing (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Ocean Stories (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)    Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Basic Video Editing Make your own movie starring the sea animals of NESS.  Learn how to properly take video, edit and produce a 3 min short movie on an iPad using the location of NESS and its animals as subjects.  Finally present your video during the NESS Film Fest at the end of class.

    Ocean Stories Many stories have been written about the ocean, but now is your chance to create your own. Listen to some fantastical myths, research different types of animals and fantastical creatures that live in the ocean and then create your own story or play complete with props and drawings, that you and your teammates will then read out loud or act out.

     
  • Fisher's Island Winter Break (Grades K-4) February 22-26

    ROVs & Marine Debris (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $180    Minimum 6 students

    Amazing Marine Animals (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Cost: $180    Minimum 6 students

    ROVs & Marine Debris  Work in teams to design and test a remote operated vehicle (ROV). Learn about the impact of marine debris and the influence of currents and gyres. Take the ROV Marine Debris Challenge to outfit your ROV with the ability to gather any marine debris in its path. Use your imagination and creativity to recycle clean and safe debris and enter it in the NESS Marine Debris Sculpture Creation Contest.   

    Amazing Marine Animals Dive into the amazing lives of marine animals.  Each day study a new type of marine animal and learn how they survive in their environments.  Study the hydrodynamics of penguins, the songs of whales, the anatomy of fish, and how sea stars really eat (hint: they have take-out!)

     
  • Fisher's Island Winter Break (Grades 5-8) February 22-26

    Animal Stewards (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $180    Minimum 6 students

    Construction Clashes (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Cost: $180    Minimum 6 students

    Animal Stewards  If you could speak for the animals, what would you say? Gain animal and ecosystem knowledge, look into thriving and endangered populations, develop an ecotourism plan to benefit humans and animals, and help with local marine monitoring of protected areas. Develop and carry out a project that will give back to the ocean to help keep it safe and clean for our futures.   

    Construction Clashes Choose this team oriented engineering challenge to build a catapult, make a marble maze, experiment with model parachutes and investigate a variety of simple machines. Test your designs in team competitions, utilize iPads to aid construction plans, and have fun with engaging engineering trials while working with friends.

     
  • Westerly Vacation Day (Grades 5-8) Thursday, March 10th

    Fisheries Awareness (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40    Minimum 6 students

    Rube Goldberg Mini-Golf Challenge (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Cost: $40    Minimum 6 students

    Fisheries Awareness  The world’s fisheries are in trouble and only the future generations (you!) can save them.  Investigate the current dangers to marine fisheries, debate the pros and cons of different fishing gear, and create an interactive simulation to bring awareness to the general public about our marine fisheries.   

    Rube Goldberg Mini-Golf Challenge Use the Rube Goldberg philosophy to plan, create, and build miniature golf holes based around themes related to sailing, marine science, surfing, fishing, kayaking, and other ocean themes.  In teams, pick a golf hole theme, investigate your topic, and then use engineering and creative design to bring your ideas to life!  At the end, play a round of mini-golf on all of the holes.