Summer is in full swing at the Coastal Studies Institute! CSI is halfway through a fun-filled summer of educational and engaging camps with educational themes ranging from exploring estuaries to maritime archeology. Over the course of the summer, CSI will host 14 weeks of day camps and serve over 170 local and visiting campers ages 10-14. CSI camps are arranged into seven themes including Exploring Estuaries, Marine Science, Shipwrecks, Oceanography, Science & SCUBA, Science & Art and Surf & Science. Camps are designed to complement the interdisciplinary coastal research ongoing at CSI and provide campers with hands-on scientific exposure that is as entertaining as it is educational.
CSI summer camps incorporate exciting field experiences, like kayaking and snorkeling to observe different ecosystems, with engaging lab-based activities to reinforce scientific topics and learn the basics of experimental design. The theme of each camp determines the nature of daily activities, and many campers attend multiple weeks to cover additional topics throughout the summer. Campers in CSI Shipwrecks Camp learn the basics of boat design and make their own models to race in the wave tank, while marine science campers construct and test remotely operated vehicles (ROV) or wave energy harvesting devices.
Other themes stretch across multiple camps, like communicating science through media, which campers learn to do first-hand by creating a culminating, multimedia video project to showcase what they did each week. SCUBA and surfing camps incorporate science with skills-based activities and administered cooperatively through Roanoke Island Dive Center and Jennette’s Pier, respectively.
For more information on CSI Summer Camps and other educational experiences please visit https://www.coastalstudiesinstitute.org/education/k-12-programs/day-camps/.