MSU Science Education at Sea (SEAS)

119 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39530
(228) 241-1222
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This one-day immersive marine science education experience for 6-12 grade students will introduce students to their local habitats while allowing them to conduct hands-on marine science data collection.

Students will learn fundamental concepts of marine and atmospheric science in the context of the Mississippi Sound coastal environments and ecosystems while engaging in hands-on activities that demonstrate the collection of marine and atmospheric science data.

This will take place aboard the RN Jim Franks, a marine research vessel in the Mississippi Sound and at Horn Island.

Accessibility: Students will need to be able to spend the day in the sun and heat while using sampling equipment on Horn Island.

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • A day aboard a historic R/V Jim Franks marine research vessel
  • Equipment and supplies
  • Lunch
  • MSU, NGI and MSAQ educators and staff

OBJECTIVES:

  • Introduce participating students to fundamental concepts of marine and atmospheric science in the context of the Mississippi Sound coastal environments and ecosystems.

  • Demonstrate ongoing research being conducted in the Mississippi Sound by MSU and Mississippi Aquarium scientists.
  • Guide participating students in hands-on activities that demonstrate the collection of marine and atmospheric science data.

  • Introduce students to career paths in marine and atmospheric science.

ITINERARY:

  • 9:00 AM: Introductory Remarks from Scientists and Safety Briefing by R/V Jim Franks Captain and Crew.
  • 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Sail to Horn Island and anchor. Conduct marine scientific data collection and demonstration modules on marine species, coastal weather and storms, water quality, and seafloor sediment/benthic habitat.
  • 12:00 - 12:30 PM: Lunch on board the vessel
  • 12:30 – 2:30 PM: Shore excursion to Horn Island. Conduct marine scientific data collection and demonstration modules on barrier island geological processes and wetland ecosystems.
  • 2:30-4:00 PM: Return sail to pier complex. Demonstration modules on waves, currents, and the future of Mississippi Sound coastal environments and ecosystems. Presentation of career pathways in marine science, technology, and engineering.
  • 4:30 PM: Wrap-up and concluding remarks.

*Itinerary is subject to change without notice.

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