K-12 School Programming
“These experiences offered at UNC-CSI are directly related to the curriculum taught in 8th and 9th grade EES…Students loved this…some even mentioned, ‘I want to be a scientist now, this is so cool!'”
“Great Interdisciplinary programs”
“We were here for just a short visit and the staff was so accommodating with creating a meaningful and informative program.” – Educator Evaluations
The opening of the UNC CSI state-of-the-art research and education campus on Roanoke Island in December of 2012 has provided many new opportunities for science education on the Outer Banks. The K-12 programs utilize the location of the campus on the Croatan Sound, and students will work in the science labs and teaching spaces within the facility. Students will use some of the same scientific processes and equipment that our researchers and scientists use while studying the coastal processes of northeastern North Carolina.
The Institute currently has program offerings for the following groups, and many programs can be adapted for additional ages.
- Home School Groups
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- High School
Please contact David Sybert at 252-475-5451 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to schedule a program. There is a $10 per person programmatic fee for each program. Available programs include:
Elementary School Programs
Students will learn about UNC CSI’s mission to extract energy from ocean waves, currents and tides. Participants will view technology used in ocean research, participate in a series of activities to understand the process of harnessing power from the ocean and learn the basics of oceanographic processes.
Standards: 5.P.2, 6.P.1.1, 6.E.1.1, 6.E.2.2, 7.P.2, 7.E.1, 8.P.2, 8.E.1
Students get to “uncover” the identity of a mock shipwreck at UNC CSI through measurements and data collection. They will discover some of the unique maritime history of this area of North Carolina and measuring techniques, math and drawing will be used to document what remains of the ship.
Standards: 5.C.1, 5.g.1, 6.E.1, 8.H.1, 8.H.2, 8.E.1, 8.L.E
Middle School Programs
This program highlights the technology used by UNC CSI to collect oceanographic and estuarine data. Students have the opportunity to construct an observational buoy or Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV).
Standards: PSc.1.2, Phy.1.2, HS.TT.1, Chm.2.1, 5.E.1, 5.L.2, 6.L.2, 7.E.1, 8.E.1
Exploring Estuaries – An Ecosystem of Its Own
Students get to explore the local estuarine system through data collection of water and plankton sampling, seining, soil cores or wetland mapping.
Standards: 5.L.2, 6.L.1, 6.L.2, 7.L.1, 8.E.1, 8.L.3, Bio.2.1, Bio.2.2, EEn.2.2
Sustainable Coastal Communities
This program investigates promoting economic growth on the Outer Banks while preserving our fragile while considering the needs of the citizens and the ecosystems.
Standards: Bio.2.1, Bio.2.2, EEn.2.2, EEn.2.4, EEn.2.7, EEn.2.8, .L.2, 5.E.1, 6.E.2, 8.E.1
High School Programs
Oysters play an important role in the Albemarle and Pamlico estuarine system. Students investigate the biological relationships found among the shells of an oyster reef, identify different species of aquatic life, and measure the oyster growth and size as they explore an oyster clump straight from the Croatan Sound.
Standards:Bio.2.1, Bio.2.2, Bio.3.5, EEn.2.2, EEn.2.4
Students will explore concepts of energy transfer through orbital waves by observing different wave characteristics in a research wave tank. Students will use the data they have collected to solve mathematical equations to figure out the energy available, wave steepness, etc.
Standards: PSc.3.1, PSc.3.2, Phy.2.1, Phy.2.2
In this program, students investigate the UNC CSI program focused on harnessing renewable energy from ocean waves and currents. Students will attempt to engineer a device that can turn the kinetic energy of a wave to electrical energy.
Standards: PSc.1.1, PSc.1.2, PSc.3.1, PSc.3.2, PSc.3.3, EEn.2.8, Phy.2.1, Phy.2.2, Phy.2.3
New Collaborative Program
UNC CSI and Jennette’s Pier have teamed up to offer a program that educates students about wind, solar and ocean energy through site visits to Jennette’s Pier and UNC CSI.
Standards: 6.P.1.1, 6.E.1.1, 6.E.2.2, 7.P.2, 7.E.1, 8.P.2, 8.E.1, PSc.1.1, PSc.1.2, PSc.3.1, PSc.3.2, PSc.3.3, EEn.2.8, Phy.2.1, Phy.2.2, Phy.3.2