The Youth Marine Science Stewardship Certification is designed to introduce high school students to ocean conservation issues from a local, Maui-based perspective and a scientific lens. Students will learn the fundamental principles of ocean stewardship through applied learning (‘aina-based and place-based), field trips, and hands-on instruction focused on promoting key science and communication skills.
Students will learn to draw conclusions from nature-based observations, understand the connectivity between marine and human environments, and work as a team to collect, analyze, and effectively interpret scientific data.
Course Goal: Students will develop a foundational knowledge of local marine conservation issues through a scientific lens and place-based learning.
- Communication Concepts/Techniques including presentations and interviewing community members and subject matter experts.
- Ability to collect, analyze and compare water quality data.
- Understanding of estuaries and wetlands.
- Understanding of the importance of ocean stewardship.
- Plan and carryout scientific investigation as they relate to ocean threats.
- Analyze scientific data to evaluate marine ecosystems and potential threats to marine ecosystems.
- Work within a diverse team to apply data and develop actionable solutions to address current, Maui-based ocean conservation challenges.
- Apply the concepts of kilo (observation) to daily routines and scientific inquiry.
- Clearly and precisely communicate ocean conservation issues and solutions from a science-based perspective.