Ocean Science Lecture Series

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — On Wednesday, December 15 at 7 p.m. only, the Ocean Science Lecture Series at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at FAU will feature the Marine & Oceanographic Academy: Ocean Discovery with the Next Generation, presented by students of MOA

In a series of short presentations, students from The Marine & Oceanographic Academy will provide insights into the MOA program, including its opportunities, curriculum, special events, and expectations.  After the lecture, the MOA facility (located 1/4 mile north of the main HBOI entrance on Old Dixie Highway) will be open for tours given by students of MOA.

The Marine & Oceanographic Academy (MOA) is a high school program implemented by Harbor Branch and the St. Lucie County School Board, on the HBOI campus.  MOA began in August 2007, with almost 100 ninth-grade students, and is now in its fourth year with nearly 300 students in grades 9-12.  Students participate in elective classes and extracurricular activities at Westwood High School, the home high school for MOA.

MOA students receive a customized integrated curriculum for enrichment in the field of marine and environmental studies.  The unique Harbor Branch environment allows MOA faculty and students to learn about oceanography and marine science at a working oceanographic research institution.  To broaden the MOA experience in marine science, 10-20% of each science course is taught by Harbor Branch staff, through a combination of lecture, lab work, and hands-on experiences.  Our vision is that this unique MOA program will become a regional, state, and national model for partnering a major marine research institution with a public school system for improving the scientific literacy of high school students and their teachers.

For more information call (772) 242-2506.

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