MarineLab STEM Programs
Field experience has been shown to be the best way to reinforce and retain scientific concepts, and MarineLab programs are the ultimate field experience for students from 5th grade through college! Focusing on marine ecology, diversity, taxonomy and other related topics, the programs provide both incentive to learn and reinforcement of concepts that may have already been taught in the classroom. We have standard STEM programs, advanced STEM programs with components for AP Environmental Science and AP Biology classes, and SCUBA programs. We also have a STEM Service Learning program which includes opportunities for students to conduct research for a variety of partnering agencies and professors.
Marinelab's programs have been shown to be highly influential in our students' lives. According to a recent survey of teachers, 5% of 8,107 middle and high school students that attended a MarineLab program chose science as a career as a direct result of their experience. Read comments froms and comments from MarineLab teachers and students.
All MarineLab programs include snorkeling field trips to the seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef communities. The programs last anywhere from one to six days. Most programs are designed for groups, with a minimum of 9 students. All prices include meals, accommodations, and snorkel gear unless otherwise noted, and are subject to change. Ground transfers to Miami or Ft Lauderdale airports, bed linens, and other options are available for an additional fee. Call 800-741-1139, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or see our reservations page for details.
Our most popular program is the three day, two night program. These programs are ideal for grades 5-8. Students do not need to know how to swim; snorkeling instruction and gear is provided. Our 3 day, 2 night program incorporates our core curriculum of seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef ecology, and includes labs on zooplankton and invertebrates. A shorter 2 day 1 night version is also available. Other standard programs range from one to five days in length, and can be customized.
Advanced program activities usually incorporate some type of research technique, such as using quadrats to do seagrass surveys. The programs start with a 4 day 3 night program but can be customized. These are excellent programs for high school students, especially students in AP Environmental Science or AP Biology classes.
Programs with SCUBA
High school students who are already Open Water certified can participate in a MarineLab SCUBA program. The main difference between a SCUBA program and the standard program is that the reef trips are done on SCUBA, not snorkeling. Plus, a visit to Jules' Undersea Lodge and the MarineLab Undersea Laboratory is included for every diver!
We have a Service Learning Program with SCUBA that incorporates coral restoration activities, seagrass surveys, and reef fish surveys! Our advanced SCUBA program is the Reef Check EcoDiver certification. The program takes about 7 days and includes learning how to do surveys on the reef.