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Girls rock science! In June, a group of bright middle school girls, mostly from Watsonville and Salinas, spent an afternoon untying themselves from a human knot and learning secret handshakes as part of a team building exercise. Later, the girls created their own blogs to document their experiences during a week-long summer camp.
The girls are participants in the Aquarium’s Young Women in Science program, which seeks to inspire interest in science and conservation among young women by introducing them to the marine life in and around Monterey Bay. The camp is presented in both English and Spanish, creating an inclusive setting for the girls to learn how they can help save the world’s oceans.
The program is part of a long-term effort by the Aquarium to help young women aspire to careers in the sciences and math, and fight the notion that there’s no place for them in those fields. As part of this girl power groove, participants also get to meet women currently working in the sciences.
Young Women in Science
On a foggy morning in Moss Landing, California, an energetic group of middle school girls don wetsuits and life vests. They’re not just preparing for an epic kayak adventure through Elkhorn Slough. They’re learning how they can help save the world’s oceans.
The girls are a part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Young Women in Science program. In this special Otter Camp, young women, mostly from Salinas and Watsonville, are introduced to the ocean and marine life through activities in and around Monterey Bay. The camp is presented in English and Spanish.
It’s part of a long-term effort by the Aquarium to help young women see themselves as having a future in the sciences and in math, at an age when many girls get the message that there’s no place for them in those worlds. In addition to adventures and outings on the bay, participants also meet women working in the sciences – role models for the many possibilities that await.
Here are a couple of photos of the girls enjoying various adventures during Young Women in Science this summer.
Last time you visited the Aquarium did you talk with teens on our staff who know more about marine biology than the average adult? Amy Sublett is one of them. And it didn’t happen by chance. The 17-year old, along with nearly 150 high-school students, are dedicating their summer as Teen Conservation Leaders while developing important job and life skills, and building self-confidence.
“The initial two-week training session was intense but fun!” says Amy. “It forced me to come out of my shell and interact.”
After the training, where Aquarium staff teach the teens basic marine biology and ocean conservation, the Teen Conservation Leaders commit to one of three adventure tracks for the summer: camp leader, teacher or Aquarium guest experience. The decision was easy for Amy.
“I love to be outdoors and enjoy introducing children to science, so working with the Aquarium’s summer science camps was a natural fit,” she says.
While working with our Young Women in Science program Amy mentored middle-school-aged girls with kayaking, boogie boarding and sand crab monitoring activities, to name a few.
“It’s amazing to see how much the girls grow within the period of a single week,” Amy reflects.
After spending some time with Amy, I’m pretty confident that the same can be said about her and her experience in the Teen Conservation Leaders program.
The Teen Conservation Leaders program is open to young people ages 14 to 18, with activities throughout the year as well as the summer immersion program.
It’s never too early to start planning for next summer!