Afterschool and Homeschool Programs

Afterschool & Homeschool Programs

End of summer weather brings amazing snorkeling and paddling opportunities! Kayak in the harbor in Adventure Science and snorkel to see the life below! Consider the science behind the adventure while delving into concepts like buoyancy, brackish ecosystems and seasonal changes!

Class Date: August 28, 2019 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm or 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Simply use simple machines to sail! Explore the basics of sailing a small keelboat in a setting that also works with team building. Work with your team to rig, steer and navigate safely aboard a keelboat. This is a great class for individuals or groups of friends. An instructor is on board the whole time teaching how to sail this small keelboat.

Class Date: September 11th, 2019 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm or 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Try your hand at fishing and crabbing safely from the NESS docks. Students will use underwater viewing cameras and a BRUV (Baited Remote Underwater Viewer) to aid the search. They will identify their catch and investigate animal behavior while the animals are kept momentarily in the NESS holding tank. Catch and release only.

October 16th, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

It is estimated that 8.8 million metric tons of plastic waste are dumped into the ocean each year. Where does it come from and how can we take action?! Conduct experiments to observe the buoyancy properties of plastics and determine how microplastics may impact organisms in the energy web. Create a model of the ocean and observe where this waste goes using simulated gyres and currents. Work in teams to brainstorm solutions on how to reduce challenges of our plastic planet and participate in a coastal cleanup and be the citizen scientist.

Class Date: November 6th, 2019 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Work in teams to engineer a prototype aquaponics system. Construct an aquatic flow system, balance water inputs and outputs through a series of components, understand the dynamic forces that work to keep fish and plants flourishing in an aquaponics system, and make connections with nutrient cycles. Be introduced to some current aquaponic ventures to gain inspiration and to compare and contrast your newly designed models.

Class Date: December 4th, 2019 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm

The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected. Investigate the challenges of shoreline communities through hands-on watershed modeling. Learn how to read a topographical map and predict where water flows. Use an augmented reality sandbox to simulate and visualize the shape of a watershed and build your own watershed to explore erosion, runoff, and determine how coastal habitats are impacted.

Class Date: February 5th, 2020 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Unravel the mysterious reality of shark behavior, adaptations, and survival strategies. Compare sharks to other elasmobranchs like sting rays, skates, and chimaeras. Perform a shark dissection, study basking shark gill rakers and shark jaws, and design your own tracking tag.

Class Date: March 4th, 202 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Wind is dynamic! Explore how wind is formed, determine its trends and patterns and identify how it affects our sails and earth. Learn the basics of sailing a small keelboat in a setting that also works with team building. This is a great class for individuals or groups of friends. An instructor is on board the whole time teaching how to sail this small keelboat.

Class Date: April 22nd, 2020 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm or 1:00 am-4:00 pm

Get a jumpstart on summer and get on the water! Get a taste of surfing in Adventure Science! Consider the science behind the adventure while delving into concepts like boat engineering, buoyancy, and marine debris.

Class Date: May 27th, 2020| 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Are you an active sailor who is looking to learn about high school sailing and the sport of team racing?  This program is open to students in grades 8-12 and will be sailed using NESS’s fleet of collegiate 420’s. No trapeze or spinnakers will be used so two sail boat handling and tactics will be the focus. Team Racing is a fun fast pace style of sailboat racing pitting two teams against each other in a win-lose format. Stay tuned for start dates or email sailing@nessf.org for more information if you are interested.

NESS is also the host site for the Williams High School Sailing Team. For more information regarding this team, please email Prescott Littlefield.

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