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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.
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Weird, squishy, tiny, huge, secretive and generally awesome: Listen to our aquarists talk about the animals in our forthcoming special exhibition, “Tentacles, the Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes”. Opens April 12!
Gray whale traffic jam? It’s a nice problem to have! Our expert spotters say it’s that special time of year when the first gray whales are returning from their southern calving grounds, heading north; while others are still heading south. Thankfully, no collisions reported!
(Laura Francis NOAA)
30 Miles of Freedom in a Jeep, featuring the Aquarium and Monterey Peninsula. Cast your vote!
Things are lively out in the bay! Ever wonder what makes Risso’s dolphins so scarred, like this example photographed just last weekend? The squid they eat have abrasive hooks on their tentacles. As these dolphins age, they can become almost completely white from the process. Thanks to Senior Guest Experience Trainer Steve Johnston for the great shot!
'Tis the season for whale watching! Have you been lately? This photo of a pod of grey whales passing through nearby Big Sur was taken just last week!
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!
Hey, what’s so funny? This otter must have just heard about our first-ever live Otter Chat. Join us Thursday, June 7 at noon (PDT) on Facebook, or on Twitter at #otterchat and ask our experts about all things otter. If this is a success we may do more, on other topics! We welcome your questions in advance! ©Jim Capwell/www.divecentral.com