Tempest After-School Program

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TeMPEST is an Aquarium-based after-school program for high-school students in the Norwalk 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 (R.O.V). The Population Ecology group will be determining how STEM is used by biologists to protect the most at risks species. One effective way biologists protect species is through population ecology - study of how the population sizes of species groups change over time. Students will build drones, a tool used to study animal populations, within groups and lead discussions on how drones can help monitor the Long Island Sound ecosystem.

Junior year TeMPEST students are focusing on energy - where we get it, how we use it, and how to improve our consumption. Students learn about various sources of conventional and alternative energy through outdoor research, site visits, and engineering projects which include wind turbine construction, passive solar modeling, and solar car construction. Juniors in TeMPEST also prepare for life beyond high school with workshops and conversations with experts as well as a three-day spring college visit.

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.

Is there a fee to participate in TeMPEST?

No, Tempest is fully funded through the generosity of the Peter & Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation.

Who Can Apply ...?

high school students collecting data in a river,

All 9th- and 10th-grade students in Norwalk public schools who have an interest in science, technology, engineering or math are encouraged to apply!

TeMPEST is a competitive program with limited space. Application window is now closed for the 2018-19 school year.



Our Mission

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

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Open Daily 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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