Student teams deploy an observational water quality buoy in local waters near the school to collect data for up to a week. Through this program students learn how to problem solve, analyze data, program sensors and they investigate water quality issues in North Carolina.
UNC CSI offers a variety of programs for Earth Day, Outdoor Festivals and other public events.
Through this program students will investigate the biological relationships that are present on an oyster reef. They will identify different species of aquatic life, and measure oyster growth as they explore an oyster clump from the Croatan Sound. Standards: Bio.2.1, Bio.2.2, Bio.3.5, EEn.2.2, EEn.2.4
Through this hands-on experience students will explore a local estuarine system through data collection of water and plankton sampling, seining, soil cores or wetland mapping. Students will get out in the field to collect data in the estuary (weather depending) to gain a better understanding of the complex systems that make up the Albemarle and Pamlico system.

Standards: 5.L.2, 6.L.1, 6.L.2, 7.L.1, 8.E.1, 8.L.3,Bio.2.1, Bio.2.2, EEn.2.2.

Students will explore concepts of energy transfer through orbital waves by observing different wave characteristics in a 10-meter research wave tank. Students will use the data they have collected to solve mathematical equations that calculate the energy available, wave steepness, etc. This program allows to students to visualize concepts they are learning in science and math.Standards: PSc.3.1, PSc.3.2, Phy.2.1, Phy.2.2
Students will learn about UNC CSI's mission to extract energy from ocean waves, currents and tides. Participants will view technology used in ocean research, participate in a series of activities to understand the process of harnessing power from the ocean and learn the basics of oceanographic processes. This program can be taught at a middle or high school level to address the standards listed below.

Standards: 5.P.2, 6.P.1.1, 6.E.1.1, 6.E.2.2, 7.P.2, 7.E.1, 8.P.2, 8.E.1, PSc.3.1, PSc.3.2, PSc.3.3, EEn.2.8, Phy.2.1, Phy.2.2, Phy.2.3

This program investigates promoting economic growth on the Outer Banks while preserving our fragile environment while considering the needs of the citizens and the ecosystems. Students will learn about local ecosystems through hands-on experiences, and will design a community based on the needs of both the citizens and the ecosystem by using large maps and templates. This program can be taught at a middle or high school level.
In this program students will investigate the properties of water that challenge scientific divers as they descend into the depths. Students will interact with dive equipment that allows divers to survive underwater. Math will be used to figure out gas pressures, best gas mixes and consumption rates. Divers from scientific expeditions will share videos and photos from underwater work. Standards: 7.L.1, 8.E.1, EEn.2.7, Phy.1.2, Chm.2.1
Students will "uncover" the identity of a mock shipwreck at UNC CSI through measurements, data collection and archaeological techniques. They will discover the unique maritime history of this area of North Carolina and will learn measuring, math and drawing techniques to document what remains of the ship. Standards: 5.C.1, 5.g.1, 6.E.1, 8.H.1, 8.H.2, 8.E.1, 8.L.E
This program highlights the technology used by UNC CSI scientists and researchers to collect oceanographic and estuarine data. Students have the opportunity to construct an observational buoy or Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV).

Standards: PSc.1.2, Phy.1.2, HS.TT.1, Chm.2.1

UNC CSI offers a variety of outreach programs for middle school classes including AIG programs. Educators visit classes to conduct programming.
A public lecture series that highlights coastal topics and issues in North Carolina, which features scientists, researchers, engineers and educators. These lectures are also broadcast live on the UNC CSI Ustream page.
This is a modular course based on the scientific diver training standards defined by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), and provides the classroom, confined water, and openwater instruction necessary to obtain ECU Scientific Diving Certification.
This course will provide participants with a basic understanding of photography principals and techniques, as they apply to underwater applications. Course participants will learn about underwater camera systems, camera setting, shooting techniques and post processing. The course involves hands on classroom instruction and an in water class session.

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