Junior Scientists Club
Nauticus Junior Scientists Club
The Nauticus Junior Scientists club was formed through a partnership with Norfolk Public Schools in 1999 with the intention of providing middle schools students with a hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) after-school program.
Each year, with the support of several NPS teachers, a group of 20 middle school students are selected from William H. Ruffner Academy, Academy of International Studies at Rosemont, Academy for Discovery at Lakewood, and Norview Middle Schools to form the Junior Scientists Club. The goal of the program is to heighten the students’ awareness of the environmental needs and the influence mankind has on the health and preservation of the Elizabeth River and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
To accomplish their goals, the Junior Scientists Club will work with Nauticus Educators and NPS Teachers to care for oyster floats, perform water quality research and clean up/track marine debris around the Nauticus Campus including the maintenance of Nauticus’ Seabin Unit. Members will also participate in meet & greet’s with local career professionals and participate in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Clean the Bay Day, Norfolk Public Schools Science Fair and Nauticus Underwater Robotics (ROV) program.
2019-2020 Junior Scientists Club
Over 400 Norfolk Public School students have been a member of the junior scientist club since the beginning of its inception. In 2020, the Junior Scientists Club will be celebrating their 20th anniversary. To celebrate this achievement, club members will be participating extra activities that include an oyster release/environmental education cruise aboard the schooner Virginia as well as a reunion luncheon with Norfolk City Council & School Board Members.
The Nauticus Junior Scientist Club and additional programs are solely supported by the Nauticus Foundation. Support to the foundation will continue to provide the youth of Hampton Roads with engaging educational experiences that connect them to the maritime world.
Nauticus Seabin – First on the East Coast!
Through a partnership with Warstila Defense, Inc., Nauticus has installed the first Seabin unit on the East Coast.
Seabin, a floating trash bin located in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports, collect floating trash by drawing in water from the surface. Using low-energy submersible pumps, the water is then pumped back into the marina, leaving litter and debris trapped in the Seabin’s catch bag to be disposed of properly. The bins also have the potential to collect some of the oils and pollutants floating on the water’s surface.
Maintained by Nauticus Education Staff, volunteers and the Junior Scientists club, the Seabin will contribute to the health of the waterway by cleaning as much as one ton of litter from the river each year. The Seabin unit is open to the public for viewing at the Nauticus Marina. Stay up to date on Seabin news by following Nauticus on Facebook.
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