As I write this we are all bracing for Hurricane Irma. Our thoughts go out to those who are being impacted now. Mystic Aquarium has its own emergency preparedness plan which is being activated. We will keep our community closely apprised of any information that is available.
We are still collecting donations for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund which will provide support for our colleagues and friends in Texas and their families impacted by that disaster and its aftermath.
Oil and Gas Drilling in the Arctic
Recently Trustee Terry Garcia published an Op Ed piece expressing concern about unfettered oil and gas drilling in the Arctic. Mr. Garcia served for many years as Chief Science Officer at National Geographic Society and previously served as United States Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Deputy Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Back to School
Many exciting things are happening at Mystic Aquarium this Fall. We want to especially welcome our friends in Rhode Island to visit and to take advantage of a special promotion recognizing citizens of the Ocean State. Here is a new radio advertisement that we are running on Rhode Island radio stations:
STEM Mentoring Program: Youth Conservation Corps
Congratulations to Director of Education Programs, Laura Batt, who works from South Bend, Indiana and manages our national youth conservation program, funded by the United States Department of Justice.
Laura was recently invited to participate in a Working Group funded by the Department of Justice to develop program materials on effective practices for youth mentoring. This is a strong recognition of Laura’s expertise in mentoring.
Mystic Aquarium’s program engages several thousand youth annually at approximately 100 locations in economically disadvantaged communities throughout the United States. Small groups of young people are paired with an adult mentor and together they learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills by engaging in activities developed by Laura Batt and her team. The students then work on conservation projects in their local community, where they learn how to apply STEM in real time and in ways that positively impact their community.
The modules that will be utilized in this award winning program include:
World of Water
Waste Wise Challenge
Endangered Species Adventure
Another module, “Quickball Math” is a wonderful collaboration with our long-time partner,
Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
In addition to being available to the STEM mentoring sites, the Quickball Math program is utilized by 45,000 at-risk youth annually participating in Ripken Foundation programs. It is the first component of several STEM based, conservation oriented programs being developed in collaboration with the Ripken Foundation.
This year, the STEM Mentoring, Youth Conservation Corps is operating in
Please take a look at this wonderful program in more detail at the link below. We are very proud to be serving young people throughout the nation in this way, consistent with our three pronged mission emphasis of conservation, education and research.
This morning we received notification that Mystic Aquarium is being awarded $1.75 million from the Department of Justice to further our work with the National STEM mentoring and Youth Conservation Corps program.
See you all soon!
Adam Cilley | January 11th, 2018