|Environmental STEM Education|
NCBO offers STEM education programs for both formal and nonformal education settings that focus on exploratory and scientific observation tools including Build-a-Buoy (BABs), Basic Observation Buoys (BOBs), and Aquabotz (a Remotely Operated Vehicle activity). These three activities are suited towards different grade levels and create a learning pathway for elementary, middle, and high school students. All use hands-on activities that introduce students to the real-world tools scientists use to explore and monitor conditions in the ocean, estuaries, and Great Lakes. It also exposes them to careers in oceanography, engineering, and marine science.
In addition to these activities, NCBO provides opportunities for students of all ages to contribute to our understanding of the Bay system through participation in NOAA and citizen science including hands-on research projects for local high school students, internships for college students, and track phytoplankton levels and grading the health of their local watershed using report cards. These opportunities build upon the foundation established by B-WET Chesapeake by providing more in-depth opportunities for students to engage in citizen science and explore future careers and courses of study.