Ocean Discovery Day - Student Day Program

Happening All Day!

Stop by anytime!
3-D Sandbox - Use a 3D sandbox to learn about seafloor mapping and underwater topography
Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV's) - AUV's are pushing the envelope of bathymetric and seafloor characterization. Robotic vehicles can automate data collection when equipped with state-of-the-art hydrographic survey gear and oceanographic sensors modified for use on robotic platforms. New algorithms and data processing methods are being designed that can stream-line processing on the vessel in real-time and in post-processing ashore. The goal is to simplify the painstaking effort of producing the highest quality hydrographic data for nautical charting.
Blue Ocean Society - Learn about the second-largest species on Earth through our inflatable fin whale, "Ladder!" Investigate Blue Ocean Society's whale research and marine debris cleanup programs and learn how you can help the ocean.
Character Corner - Come meet Will the Krill and snap a selfie onboard the C-Bass!
Coastal Bathymetry Survey System (C-Bass)  - C-Bass is a modify Jet Ski used by researchers to measure the coastal floor. Hop aboard UNH's C-Bass and snap a selfie!
College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA)Are you interested in a career in marine research? Stop by the COLSA table to learn about opportunities at UNH!
Corals - Did you know there are corals in the Gulf of Maine? Come learn about them and try your hand at a fun craft project while you are there!
Deep Ocean Exploration - Operate an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).
Does it float? Learn the basics of buoyancy with some simple hands-on experiments.
Explore the Great Bay's amazing habitats - Touch and see live horsecrabs and learn about their history, habits and use in research.
Fish Printing - Make prints with fish and paint using Gyotaku, a Japanese art of fish painting
Flinking - Use a mini-sub to test buoyancy.
Gulf of Maine Bathymetry
Hydrokinetic Turbines
Jonah Crabs and Lobsters - View live animals and learn how researchers designed, built and tested a series of Arduino-based dataloggers to track lobster behavior in their natural habitat.
Knot Tying - Learn the basics of knot tying
Living Bridge - Description coming soon...
Lobsters! Measure and band live lobsters!
Map the Ocean Floor - Learn hands on how to map the ocean floor!
Marine Mammals Program - How do whales stay warm in cold water? What do they eat? Learn about whales and other marine mammals in this hands-on program.
Marine Mammal Rescue - Do you know what to do if you find a seal or other marine mammal on the beach? The Seacoast Science Center will be on hand to let you know how and to share with their experiences with marine mammal rescues.
Marine Touch Tank - Touch, see, and learn about marine life in our rocky shores and intertidal zones
Moon Jellyfish - Moon Jellyfish are capable of only limited motion and drifts with the current. See for yourself!
Multi-Trophic Aquaculture - UNH marine biologist and ocean engineers are working collaboratively to develop new methods of multi-trophic aquaculture locally and worldwide.
NavigationHow do sailors navigate our vast oceans?
Ocean Chemistry at UNH - UNH scientist use Niskin bottles to collect samples at sea. Stop by and try filling up a sample bottle and learn how these samples are processed in the laboratory.
Ocean Currents - Educators stop by Educational Passages table and where you can learn more about making and tracking miniboats to study ocean currents and wind.
Oils & Water! - Researchers will discuss how oil is produced and transported. Examples of different types of oils will be available. Volunteers will demonstrate how oil and water interact and various methods to clean up oil when it is spilled in the water.
Oyster Restoration  Oysters play an important role in the Great Bay. The Nature Conservancy will bring tanks of oyster so you can see first hand an oyster's filtering capacity and hear about their benefits to the Great Bay system.
Plate Tectonics - Here is a chance to learn what plate tectonics means for our oceans and shores in a hands-on demonstration.
River Habitat and Delivery of Nutrients to Coasts - Visit the working flume to see how nutrients are carried through rivers.
Sea Monsters and Whales Tale -  Ever wonder what a whale sounds like underwater? Come test your underwater listening skills.
Squid - Dissect a Squid (Materials are limited.)
The Science of Bubbles -  Description coming soon.
UNH Research Vessels - Come meet the crew and see Lego models of some of UNH's research vessels! These vessels play an important role in science and are equipped with some of the most advanced technology available.
Visualizing our Great Bay - Virtually see the  movement and flow of the Great Bay Estuary, right here in Durham!
Virtual Ocean Exploration - Learn how researchers see patterns in the ocean.
Water Characteristics - Learn the basics of water quality analysis by using simple instruments and doing it yourself. Find out how science impacts our day-to-day lives.
Weather Forecasting with NOAA’s National Weather Service Balloons and clouds in bottles, how are they used to forecast our weather?
Wind Energy - Come construct a wind turbine and learn how these turbines are used to create energy.
Zego - UNH's newest boat used to map the seafloor in shallow water environments.
And more...

Scheduled Programs

Throughout the day SCUBA Diving Demonstrations High Bay
Throughout the day Wave Tank Demonstrations High Bay
9:00 a.m. Oil Flume Demonstration Gregg Hall
10:00 a.m. Oil Flume Demonstration Gregg Hall
11:00 a.m. Oil Flume Demonstration Gregg Hall
12:00  p.m. Oil Flume Demonstration Gregg Hall

Lectures series schedule to be announced!

 *Due to limited room capacity, those wishing to participate in the presentations should plan to line up early outside the seminar room.

Though all are welcomed to attend all presentations, presentations will be targeted to students in grades 6 - 12.

Program subject to change.