TIDE campers in 2008 learn about
the university's autonomous underwater vehicle.
Photo by Lisa Tossey
Thanks to support from Delaware Sea Grant, the cost of TIDE Camp Summer 2009 has been reduced. Tuition for the 13-day residential camp is now $950 and covers room, board, lab and class materials, a research cruise, and scheduled out of class activities. The deadline for applications has been extended to Thursday, April 30.
TIDE is an instructional program designed to give high school students exposure to the scientific processes at work in Delaware Bay. Hosted by the University of Delaware’s College of Marine and Earth Studies (CMES), the camp runs Monday, July 6, through Saturday, July 18. Students will spend the first week at UD’s Newark campus and the second week at UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.
TIDE, which stands for Taking Interest in Delaware’s Estuary, teaches campers about topics such as marine animals, tides, habitat loss, species adaptation, wind power, autonomous underwater vehicles, and climate change.
Sure to be popular is this year’s addition of a research cruise aboard UD’s 146-foot R/V Hugh R. Sharp. Campers also will participate in activities that include visiting oceanographic and atmospheric laboratories, going on field excursions, and taking part in discussions and lectures. They also will have opportunities to interact with faculty, design and complete experiments, and learn about UD program offerings.
“This camp is designed for any high school student who loves science, enjoys the coast, and wants to explore the world of marine and earth studies,” said Assistant Dean for Student Services Frank Newton, who helped create the camp along with Dana Veron, research faculty member in the CMES Physical Ocean Science and Engineering program.
The camp, now in its second year, earned rave reviews from campers attending the 2008 edition. Students commented that they got to see the coast in ways they never had. “I learned how delicate the different marine ecosystems are,” one student said.
And, in addition to the camp’s educational value, students commented, it provided the opportunity to develop new friendships. In their spare time campers have fun with recreational activities such as a volleyball tournament and picnics.
Application for the camp includes completing a form available on the program’s web site and submitting a grade transcript and a letter of recommendation. Any high schooler with solid math and science skills and an interest in the marine environment may apply.
For more details about the camp, including application information, visit www.ocean.udel.edu/TIDE or contact:
Assistant Dean for Student Services
College of Marine and Earth Studies
111 Robinson Hall
Newark, DE 19716
For more about CMES, visit www.ocean.udel.edu.