WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR – The annual High School Science Program of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will be held May 8 to 12 at the laboratory’s facility on McKown Point.

The Keller BLOOM Program is an intensive week of marine science activities and explorations. During the week, the daily activities of the students, personal observations and photos will be posted on Bigelow’s home page: http://www.bigelow.org.

The program introduces high school juniors to an intensive week of marine research with scientists. In the field and the laboratory, students will sample a variety of marine environments and analyze the chemical, physical and biological properties of the ocean.

Activities include a research cruise up the Sheepscot River to take measurements and samples that will be examined back at the lab. The students will be responsible for data collection using the techniques and equipment employed by Bigelow scientists at sea: measuring light transmission, temperature and salinity, and taking water samples at varying depths.

The students were chosen based on their interest in marine science, overall scholastic records and communication skills. Applications were sent to all Maine high schools in December.

Students participating include Chelsea Peterson of Mountain Valley High School, Rumford, and Antonio Schiano of Richmond High School, Richmond.


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