EAST BOOTHBAY – Sixteen Maine high school juniors will spend the week of May 22-27 at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences learning about ocean science research. They will work side-by-side with Bigelow Laboratory scientists, go on a research cruise, conduct experiments, and learn how to analyze results as part of the 27th annual Keller Bigelow Laboratory Orders Of Magnitude Program.
Among those students is Mt. Blue High School junior Thaddeus Gunther and Emma Stinson.
The five-day summer workshop provides students with a hands-on experience to learn about the biological, chemical, and geological characteristics of the local marine environment and get an idea of what a career as a scientist might be like. Bigelow Laboratory researchers Drs. Nicole Poulton and David Fields lead the program. Students apply for the program and sixteen are selected from across all the counties in Maine.
All costs for participation are covered by private donations to the Keller BLOOM Program, named in honor of the late Maureen Keller, a Bigelow Laboratory scientist, to make it open and accessible to all.
“This is our 27th year of providing an opportunity for students all across Maine to learn about the ocean that is so vital to our lives here in Maine and beyond,” said Poulton. “We are delighted to be able to share our research work and passion for the ocean with a group of amazing students who truly enjoy science. The students take home an appreciation for how much is known and yet to be discovered in the ocean. We, as scientists, end the program with a renewed energy provided by the students’ endless curiosity and excitement about our research here and learning more about the ocean. It’s a winning combination for everyone involved.”
The 16 Maine students who will be participating in the 2016 Keller BLOOM Program are:
Samantha Abelson, Kennebunk High School
Gretchen Barbera, Yarmouth High School
Brooke Carleton-Wagstaff, Wiscasset High School
Mallory Caron, Camden Hills Regional High School
Sierra Dann, Maine School of Science and Mathematics
Cheyenne Esposito, South Portland High School
Thaddeus Gunther, Mount Blue High School
Sophia Hanscom, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School
Elijah Laird, Telstar Regional High School
Casey Pratt, Old Town High School
Noah Pringle, Mount View High School
Theo Seidel, Lincoln Academy
Emma Stinson, Mt. Blue High School
Victoria Tibbetts, Poland Regional High School
Kellen True, Telstar Regional High School
Ben Watson, Mount Desert Island High School