"We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and investigated, interacted with and, of course, learn about."

– Rockland County, NY, camp director

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Look closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).

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TeMPEST is an Aquarium-based after-school program for high-school students in the Norwalk and Stamford public schools. TeMPEST provides unique hands-on experiences in science and technology, plus opportunities for students to interact with Aquarium animals and staff. TeMPEST has two main focuses: increasing students' enthusiasm about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs; and helping to prepare them for life beyond high school.


What do you do in Tempest?

Freshman & sophomores can choose a subject: marine technology or population ecology. The marine technology group focuses on ocean exploration, and the technology used to overcome the challenges associated with it. For the final project, students work in teams to construct a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). In the population ecology group, students will get the chance to explore the Long Island Sound ecosystem from a bird's-eye view using a drone. For the final project, students work in teams to build a drone and use a 3D printer to create parts for their project.

Junior year is the time to start thinking about preparing for life beyond high school, and the TeMPEST curriculum mirrors that focus. The goal of this session is to build students' resumes through participating in various citizen-science projects. Additionally, we introduce students to the college selection process through workshops and college fairs, culminating with a three-day trip college trip.  

Seniors have the unique opportunity to participate in a paid internship at The Maritime Aquarium. The internship experience is customized to each students interests. Students get to work alongside experts in the department path they've chosen, which provides them with an intensive real-world work experience.  

In order to be part of this internship program, students have to complete at minimum one year of the program.

Who can join TeMPEST?

TeMPEST is open to high-school freshman and sophomores.  We may be able to accept a few juniors. Upon acceptance, students are encouraged to re-apply and be part of the program for all 4 years of high school.  Enrollment for 2016-17 is now closed.

When does TeMPEST meet?

Marine Technology:  Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.  (mid-October – May)

Population Ecology:  Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.  (mid-October – May)

Juniors:   Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. and select Saturdays (mid-October – May)

Seniors:   dependent on the internship experience. The program as a whole runs from January to May, with select days in the fall for workshops.

Is there a fee to participate in TeMPEST?

No, Tempest is fully funded through the generosity of the following:

-  Peter & Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation

-  Henry Niles Foundation

-  Kinder Morgan Foundation

-  Newman's Own Foundation

-  Wells Fargo

-  Fairfield County's Community Foundation