Education Programs

A variety of 45-minute program options are available for your educational experience.  Inner Space Center educational programs are intended for school (5th grade through undergraduate), youth (ages 10 and above), and public groups. Select programs can be adapted for younger audiences.  The ISC’s education programs are led by ISC scientists and staff.

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THE UNKNOWN OCEAN

(At the ISC, Your Site, or Virtual)

The ocean covers nearly 71% of the Earth, yet only a small portion of the ocean has been explored. Scientists are continuing to explore the ocean’s biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and history. This program covers the tools and technologies that scientists use to explore the deep ocean, how animals have adapted to survive in extreme ocean environments, and the technology used to investigate the deep sea. Through videos, demonstrations, and conversations with scientists, participants will go on a journey into the unknown ocean.

DISCOVERY OF SOUND IN THE SEA

(At the ISC, Your Site, or Virtual)

Although hearing is important to all animals, the unique qualities of the undersea world emphasize the use of sound underwater. This program will explore the variety of ocean sound sources, from the low drone of shipping to the haunting sounds of the Weddell seal. Participants will investigate the science of sound waves, underwater acoustic technologies, and the potential impacts underwater sound may have on marine life.

HURRICANES: SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

(At the ISC, Your Site, or Virtual)

Hurricanes threaten millions of people along the United States East and Gulf Coasts from Maine to Texas. This program introduces participants to the meteorological and oceanographic processes that drive hurricanes as well as current scientific and technological advances in hurricane forecasting. Using examples from historical hurricanes that have made U.S. landfall, participants will investigate the hazards to people and property, how to follow a hurricane forecast, and how to be best prepared prior to and during a hurricane emergency.

WALK THE PLANK(TON)

(APRIL-OCTOBER ONLY; at the ISC or Your Site)

The ocean’s smallest living organisms, microbes and plankton, are critical to all marine life, as they form the foundation of the marine food chain. Much of the world’s oxygen is produced by phytoplankton. Participants will discover the diversity of ocean plankton, explore plankton adaptations, create and test their own plankton design, and investigate plankton samples from local waters.

SAND DETECTIVES

(at the ISC or Your Site)

The world’s beaches are composed of sand that is made from minerals, rock fragments, and the hard parts of marine organisms. The attributes of sand in a particular location are affected by factors that include the local geology and biology, weathering, and wave action.  During this program, participants will become sand detectives, tasked with determining the origin and composition of mystery sand samples from around the globe. Using sand grain characteristics, such as color, composition, shape, and size, participants will investigate and solve this geological mystery as they discover dynamic beach ecosystems and explore the geological characteristics of local beaches.

STIRRING THE OCEAN

(at the ISC or Your Site)

Currents in the ocean play an important role in Earth’s climate system, weather, and marine ecosystems.  It is therefore important to understand the dynamic motion that shapes the ocean environment. Using the tools and techniques of physical oceanographers, program participants will investigate basic oceanographic concepts such as density, buoyancy, pressure, and salinity, as well as explore the science and dynamics of ocean currents, tides, and waves.

BLUBBER, BALEEN, AND BLOWHOLES!

(at the ISC or Your Site)

Marine mammals, such as whales, seals, manatees, and even polar bears, are important apex predators at the top of the marine food chain. Participants will explore the diversity of marine mammals and their unique adaptations to the ocean environment. They will investigate how baleen and toothed whale feed differently,  how the fatty layer of blubber creates an important insulation layer, and how many marine mammal species can dive to great depths for long periods of time. Participants will explore these topics with hands-on demonstrations and discuss human interactions and marine mammal conservation issues.

TESTING THE WATERS

(at the ISC or Your Site)

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is released into the atmosphere through a variety of natural and human activities. It is absorbed by the world’s oceans, creating a chemical reaction that affects the ocean’s acidity. An increase in ocean acidity may cause significant consequences for individual marine organisms, communities, ecosystems, and food webs. Hands-on experimentation will guide participants in understanding the science behind ocean acidification and its potential impacts on marine animals and ecosystems.

LOCATION OPTIONS

ISC Education Programs are available at different locations. Available locations for each program are listed after their titles above.

AT THE ISC: EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE AT THE INNER SPACE CENTER

Maximum group size is 30. Larger groups can be accommodated, but will be divided.

Fee: $225 for each group of up to 30 (45-minute program).

Groups can add a 45-minute tour of the Inner Space Center. Fee: $75.

YOUR SITE: EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE AT YOUR LOCATION

Sites must be within 45 miles of Narragansett, RI.

Fee: $275 (45-minute program).

VIRTUAL: ONLINE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Connect live with the Inner Space Center using the Internet and interact with an ISC scientist. Selected programs, noted above, are available virtually.

Fee: $300 (45-minute program).

MORE INFORMATION

For more information regarding ISC tours, programs, camps, or clubs, including booking information, please contact tours@innerspacecenter.org, or call (401) 874-6414.

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