Technology & Marine Conservation

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Join us for 2 days of hands-on learning about marine conservation in Nova Scotia and the technologies that are making a difference.

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On July 29th, we’ll head to the Ocean Tracking Network’s headquarters at Dalhousie University in Halifax to learn about the technologies they use to conserve marine species around the world. We’ll get to meet and learn from female scientists and researchers from OTN and VEMCO before packing up and heading to Wolfville. In Wolfville, we’ll be partnering up with female marine biologists and biology students and helping them with their local marine conservation research, which uses the technologies we’ll have learned about from our morning at OTN. We’ll have the chance to get hands-on experience with local marine species that may include Atlantic sturgeon, skates, striped bass, crabs, eels, and more. We’ll finish the day off with building drones in the evening, and using them to do a creative art project. That night, we’ll stay in-residence at Acadia University, getting the feel for what university life is like. The next morning, we’ll “virtually meet” scientists from the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization, Skyping with them to learn about how they use drones for their whale conservation research, and which species are in the greatest need of help. We’ll finish off this morning with learning about marine and technology-related STEM careers and touring Acadia University’s campus.

This Technology & Marine Conservation program is partially funded by a WISEatlantic Partnerships Program grant and VEMCO/Innovasea, and is intended to give underprivileged girls from the HRM and Valley an opportunity to learn marine conservation and technology in a fun and hands-on way. This program will be taught by a crew of exclusively female Instructors who hold advanced degrees in marine science and have extensive experience in marine education.


General Information

  • For girls aged 13 – 16
  • Monday, July 29th – Tuesday, July 30th, overnight
  • Halifax & Wolfville
  • Drop-off in Halifax
  • Pick-up in Wolfville (*pick-up in Halifax can also be arranged if needed)
  • Free program
  • Girls participating in this program must be from the HRM or the Annapolis Valley AND
  • Come from either an underprivileged or underrepresented background (African-Canadian, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latina)

Activities

  • We’ll meet female scientists from the Ocean Tracking Network and VEMCO at Dalhousie University in Halifax and learn about the technology they use to conserve marine species around the world
  • We’ll assist female marine biologists and biology students from Acadia University with their marine conservation work (*the precise field work has yet to be settled, but will involve us doing this work either off of a boat or on-shore*)
  • We’ll build drones and use them for a creative art project
  • We’ll Skype with scientists from the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization and learn about how they use drones for whale conservation research
  • We’ll learn about marine conservation and technology-related careers and educational paths
  • We’ll stay overnight in-residence at Acadia University
  • We’ll tour Acadia University’s campus

How To Register

In order to participate in this program, girls must:

  • Be nominated for this program by an adult that knows them well (this includes parents)
  • Be from the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) or the Annapolis Valley
  • Come from an underprivileged OR underrepresented background

Nominations are open for this program until June 28th!



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