STEM SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAMS
Teacher-led student groups now have the opportunity to contribute to science while learning about the marine environment! MRDF's MarineLab has developed partnerships with a variety of agencies and researchers to provide data gathered by students and our marine science instructors.
This summer we are offering a program for individual SCUBA divers!
Service opportunities include:
- gather water quality data for Lakewatch, GLOBE, and the Florida International University's Water Quality Monitoring Network,
- provide seagrass survey data to Seagrass Watch
- sample and identify phytoplankton to screen for harmful algae blooms (HABs) for NOAA's Phytolplankton Monitoring Network
- monitor MarineLab's reef restoration site for the Coral Restoration Foundation.
- Mangrove restoration
- Monitoring for coral bleaching
- Studying parrotfish behavior for a researcher from Florida International University
- Fish surveys
There are two options, snorkeling or SCUBA diving. Our standard programs include many of the above activities. Snorkeling techniques are taught prior to going into the field to collect data. Like any MarineLab program, they can be customized with the addition of Advanced/AP program components or other programs, including leaving a free day to visit other locations in the Keys.
For more information on our STEM Service Learning Programs, call 800-741-1139
4 day, 3 night snorkeling program
The standard program includes water quality measurements at a variety of locations, a seagrass survey with analysis, surveys of parrotfish feeding behavior, screening phytoplankton samples for HAB-causing organisms, and a look at reef restoration techniques and collecting observational data on coral transplant health. The data is uploaded or delivered to the appropriate agency. Itinerary
5 day, 4 night SCUBA Program
The standard SCUBA program includes water quality measurements at a variety of locations, a seagrass survey with analysis, monitoring for bleached corals, coral reef restoration techniques with actual work done at a coral nursery and planting site, a lionfish presentation and dissection lab, REEF fish survey dives, and a mangrove site cleanup. The data is uploaded or delivered to the appropriate agency. Itinerary