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