Carley Todd takes a break to make notes on her score sheet. 

Carley Todd takes a break to make notes on her score sheet. 

Marine Science Educators employed by Sanibel Sea School volunteered their time to serve on the judging panel for The Canterbury School’s annual science fair. The event, held on December 1st, showcased scientific experiments and research carried out by middle and high school students on science topics ranging from physics to biology, and everything in between. 

Nicole Finnicum Interviews a student about his science fair research. 

Nicole Finnicum Interviews a student about his science fair research. 

All of Sanibel Sea School’s teaching staff members have earned science degrees, and they enjoyed the chance to interact and encourage young people who might also like to pursue future careers in science. “I was so impressed by how many of the projects could someday have real world applications,” said Nicole Finnicum, Sanibel Sea School’s Education Director. “The students were thinking about very relevant topics like ocean acidification, ways to improve the treatment of Alzheimer’s, and tools that could help supply developing countries with clean water. I have no doubt that these kids are going to achieve great things.” 

Sanibel Sea School's Executive Director, Doc Bruce, poses for a photo with Cara Summit, a teacher at The Canterbury School. 

Sanibel Sea School's Executive Director, Doc Bruce, poses for a photo with Cara Summit, a teacher at The Canterbury School. 

In summer 2017, Sanibel Sea School will offer its first-ever Science Fair Research Camp, also in partnership with The Canterbury School. The school year can be a busy time for students, and this program will allow them to finish a significant part of their science fair planning and research prior to the fall semester. Registration will be open to the public, and the camp will be held at The Canterbury School’s campus in Fort Myers, which features the Torpey Tank outdoor marine biology lab. 

Johnny Rader judges a science fair project. 

Johnny Rader judges a science fair project. 

During the program, science educators will be available to help participants develop and carry out marine biology-based studies. “Participating in the science fair as a kid helped me develop an appreciation for the scientific process, and definitely contributed to my desire to study science in college,” said educator Johnny Rader, who also served as a judge. “I can’t wait to share that with our campers next year.” 

Registration for Science Fair Research Camp will open in February 2017. Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. To learn more, visit www.sanibelseaschool.org.

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