NOAA Fisheries Science Camp
June 8 – 10 and 12, 2015
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Inouye Regional Center
If your child will enter 8th grade in the 2015/2016 academic year, he or she is eligible for an exciting free opportunity in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Science Camp. Over four days, campers will work with NOAA scientists, learning how they study oceans and sea creatures and manage sustainable fisheries. The program takes place at the Inouye Regional Center on Ford Island and includes transportation from Rainbow Bay Marina. Ford Island is also the home of the Battleship Missouri Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.
Potential campers must fill out an application for the camp, and only 45 are selected for this free program, which is paid for by a NOAA grant. Students will find out how scientists use technology like GPS to track ocean trash and marine debris to discover where it originates, how to remove it and, most importantly, how to prevent it. They'll use microscopes to study ocean samples like zooplankton and even dissect fish, learning about their life cycles, plus study the complexity of marine food webs or chains. Sustainable fisheries are also a main focus. Staff members will talk about their own careers paths to NOAA, giving the campers a sense of what they need to study in order to go into this field. Plus, students will have access to the cutting-edge Inouye Regional Center. A camp T-shirt and daily lunch are part of the camp program.