School of the Environment Summer Camp

Congratulations to the 2013 Selected Summer Camp Participants!

The Florida A&M University School of the Environment Summer Camp is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC). The camp is a three-week day camp for current eight through eleven grade students with an interest in NOAA related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines.

The SOE Summer Camp plays a vital role in preparing its students for their pursuit of careers not only in the sciences, but in all facets of professional life requiring leadership, critical thinking, exceptional communication and expressive skills, and understanding of our multi-disciplinary world. Upon returning to their homes and schools, SOE Summer Camp students are more mature, focused and motivated. They are well on their way to becoming aware, involved citizens, real assets to their schools and communities.

The students chosen to participate in the program are introduced to marine and estuarine sciences through:

  • Hands-on experiences including laboratory experiments
  • Field trips
  • Seminars by professionals in various areas of environmental sciences
  • Tours of environmental research laboratories 
  • Exploration of diverse ecosystems


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Teacher Summer Program

Congratulations to the 2013 Selected Summer Camp Teachers! 

This year the SOE will also host a Summer Program for Teachers, which will include four weeks of developmental research with an emphasis on environmental, marine and estuarine sciences for middle and high school teachers. Teachers will work full-time as “Teacher Researchers” assisting SOE professors and graduate students in delivering lectures and laboratory experiments for the SOE summer campers. Teachers will also mentor the summer camp groups while exploring new and innovative teaching strategies.

Training will begin a week prior to the summer camp for teachers selected for the program. Teachers will earn a stipend and continuing education credit for the four-week program.

The program will:

  • Provide an opportunity to learn about new areas in scientific research.
  • Provide hands on experience in laboratory and field environments.
  • Explore new and innovative ways to teach STEM (science, technology, mathematics, and science) disciplines to the next generation of scientists, engineers, and professionals.
  • Create partnerships with the ECSC; teachers will serve as a “pipeline” by sharing information about NOAA, ECSC, and other related opportunities with current and future students.


2013 Summer Camp Photos

Preparing for lectureECSC Ph.d Students Duc and Daryl providing lectureBuilding pin hole telescopesMeasuring the diameter of the sunMeasuring the diameter of the sunObserving sun spotsExamining the sun's intensityCreating a homemade solar ovenFinished productFinished productJolvan reading mock science bowl questionsMr. Matthew (ANERR) talking about Apalachicola NERRMegan Lamb providing instruction on seine nettingSeine net in action!Looking for signs of lifeExamining organismsBaby blue crabHaving fun at ApalachicolaMr. Randolph getting his hands dirtyExamining oyster communitiesSilly crabChecking out the aquatic lifeLooking at preserved specimensSkeletal remains!Providing a freshwater bath for Diamondback TerrapinsAlligator attack!Ivory and Gabrielle with the summer camp students after lecturePlate tectonics gamePreviewing the water cycleDevin assisting the studentsThasya assisting with the greenhouse gas experimentOcean acidification simulationBubbling CO2ECSC student Alicia and Ms. Martin assisting students in labECSC Postdoc Dr. Dan Osborne and ECSC student Justyn assisting students in the labECSC student Amy helping create a solar stillChristianah and Simone assisting students with their solar still apparatusECSC Postdoc Dr. Dan Osborne demonstrating how to properly use a infrared thermometerMeasuring bacteriaECSC Distinguished Scientist Dr. Charles Jagoe demonstrating pipetting techniquesMs. Lori Nicholson providing background information on St. Marks Wildlife RefugeTraversing through the marshPeriwinkle snailSalicornia virginicaUsing quadrats for marsh identification


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