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  • 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.

     
  • Spring Break (Grades K-4) April 18-22

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

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

    Watershed Wonders Discover our amazing local watersheds and figure out where our water flows and goes. Venture on a watershed kayak journey, analyze water quality and the health of the watershed, build experimental models, discover if Davy Jones’ Locker is real, and invent new ways of keeping our local waterways clean. View a variety of residential and migratory animals that reside in our local watershed.  

    Ecosystems Excursion Get outside, explore diverse ecosystems, and even try your luck with fishing.  Compare habitats, use an underwater live feed camera, utilize microscopes, and make observations of the organisms you find.  Find out why certain animals thrive in specific areas and feed some of the amazing animals that live in the NESS aquariums.

     
  • Get In the Holiday Spirit!

    Caroline Pierce
    December 3, 2015

    3 ways to get in the holiday spirit at NESS!
     

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  • Alewife Explorers!

    April 10, 2015

    Do you live in or near New London? Did you know that you have incredible, vibrant salt marshes and winding salt water creeks right in your backyard? Give your child the opportunity to explore and investigate Long Island Sound, an excellent natural resource right in New London!

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  • Wuskenau Ocean Adventures!

    March 19, 2015

    Does your child love being around the ocean and exploring the coastline?  Does your child love to have fun snorkeling, kayaking or fishing?  Then sign them up for Wuskenau Ocean Adventures (WOA) at the beach in Westerly!  This is our second summer providing a youth adventure program at Wuskenau Beach in Westerly, in association with the Westerly Recreation Department. 

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