Do you have siblings in High School? Know someone interested in Marine Science or Geospatial Technologies? Then tell them about the Chesapeake Summer Program!
This is a two week collaborative program between the Center for Environment and Society (CES) and the Washington College Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab. Week one, Discoveries Underwater (June 15 – 20) is an opportunity to construct an Aquabotz Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), utilize aquatic mapping technologies such as Side Scan Sonar (SSS), as well as locate a shipwreck in the Chester River. The College’s research vessels, Callinectes and Lookdown, will also be incorporated into the intensive study of the Chester River. This experience allows students to experience the types of technologies available to this field of study.
A Bridge Weekend connects the two programs from June 20-22. This portion of the program takes the students to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels to learn about the history and culture of the Chesapeake Bay. The weekend is filled with activities such as crabbing, fishing, sailing on the skipjack H.M. Krentz. Echo Hill Outdoor School (Worton, MD) is also incorporated into this experience of a lifetime, where students will test their trust and balance on the high ropes course.
Week two, Geospatial Technologies and GIS (June 22-27), exposes students to the rapidly growing field of geographic information systems (GIS). Geocaching on Washington College’s beautiful campus will introduce the students to utilizing GPS. This leads into the the hands-on use of the lab, allowing students to familiarize themselves with GIS software like ArcView. A final project will incorporate all of these skills; data obtained from Discoveries Underwater may also be applied to this program. These projects will be presented to Washington College faculty and staff, as well as the peers and parents of the students participating.
The skills obtained in this program are unparalleled by any other summer program offered to High School students. Many of activities in this program are never experienced by students attending the college, making this an incredible opportunity and resume builder for students applying to colleges in the coming years. For more information, visit the Chesapeake Summer Program page.
Stay tuned for interviews with Dr. Douglas Levin, Deputy Director of the CES as well as Stewart Bruce, Assistant Director, CES/GIS Program Coordinator.