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Charleston STEM Festival Showcases NOAA Research

Published on: 03/07/2016
Research Area(s): Other Topics
Primary Contact(s): steve.morton@noaa.gov
Steve Morton and Jennifer Fuquay staff the NOAA booth at the 2016 Charleston STEM festival. Credit: NOAA

Steve Morton and Jennifer Fuquay staff the NOAA booth at the 2016 Charleston STEM festival. Credit: NOAA

On February 6, 2016, NCCOS scientists from the Marine Biotoxin Program participated in the Charleston STEM festival. This 3rd annual festival was a celebration of science, technology, engineering and math in the Lowcountry. Educational material provided by NOAA Education included activities books (marine debris, marine charting, and marine conservation), educational posters (climate and weather), along with NOAA Fisheries educational bookmarks and stickers. NOAA Exploration provided posters on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, along with educational stickers on ocean exploration. The Phytoplankton Monitoring Network provided volunteer brochures and used the festival to recruit new participants in the greater Charleston area. Hands-on science included observation and identification of phytoplankton and zooplankton from a plankton tow of Ashley River where the festival was held. Over 10,000 students engaged with NOAA scientist during the festival.

Jennifer Fuquay demonstrates the use of smart microscopes and phytoplankton identification to participates at the Charleston STEM festival. Credit: NOAA

Jennifer Fuquay demonstrates the use of smart microscopes and phytoplankton identification to participants at the Charleston STEM festival. Credit: NOAA

For more information, please contact Steve.Morton@noaa.gov.

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