A Special Conference for Ocean Ambassadors in Junior and Senior High Schools
Santa Barbara, CA. September 19, 2022 – The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) has announced that the Girls in Ocean Science (GiOS) Conference will return for its second year, expanded to two days of programming and serve more girls in both junior and senior high school. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2022, for students in grades 6-8, and for Sunday, October 2, 2022 for those in grades 9-12. Program activities will take place from 9am-3pm each day and will include once-in-a-lifetime activities on boats in the Channel. This hands-on event will connect leading female scientists with up to 40 junior high school students and up to 48 senior high school students, all made possible by the generosity of the Steinmetz Family Foundation.
Because women continue to be the minority in many fields of science, the conference and speakers will be encouraging these young women to consider pursuing science-based fields of study. Our goal is to bring together bright minds to create idea-focused conversations and hands-on experiences that foster learning, inspiration, and wonder. Young women who love science or are just beginning to show an interest will gain insight and potential mentors who can educate and guide them in pursuit of a possible career in ocean science.
The cost to attend the conference is $20 for SBMM members and $30 for non-members. Scholarships are available. Apply for a scholarship at https://sbmm.org/girls-in-ocean-science-scholarship-application-2/
Why Focus on Ocean Science?
Oceans cover over 70% of the surface of the earth, provide 90% of the living space, and are integral to all known life on our planet. Scientists have come to understand and value the important fact that oceans sustain all life on the planet. Oceans provide life-giving oxygen, regulate the climate, feed the world with needed protein, provide a place of spiritual connection, and sustain the delicate balancing act between living organisms and the physical forces of Earth.
Marine scientists are reporting that the oceans are warming and that these warming seas are having a profound effect on oceanic processes and marine life. There is an urgent need to provide opportunities for young women in our community to learn all about maritime and marine science careers so they can feel educated and empowered to help turn this trend around.
What Will the Program Offer Participants?
Each day, the girls will board either the Double Dolphin (grades 6-8)) or a research vessel (grades 9-12) for a series of hands-on science laboratories and research activities with female scientists including:
- Holly Lohuis, Co-chair. Marine biologist, naturalist, educator, GiOS Committee Chair, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Education Committee, and Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Futures Society
- Penny Owens, Co-chair. Education & community outreach director, Santa Barbara ChannelKeeper
- Julie Bursek. Team lead education and outreach, NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, studying offshore, shallow subtidal, and intertidal systems and developing floating laboratory educational and research programs
- Lizzie Duncan. Research ecologist, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, working to understand and monitor the resources of the sanctuary, balancing sustainable ocean use while ensuring conservation of the Channel Islands’ ecosystems
- Anita Giraldo-Ospina. Postdoctoral researcher, University of California Santa Barbara, studying marine ecosystems and species that grow on the seafloor, such as algae, seagrass, and coral.
- Callie Leiphardt. Project scientist, The Benioff Ocean Science Laboratory, developing science- and technology-based solutions to ocean problems
- Kelsi Rutledge. PhD candidate at UCLA, visiting researcher at Caltech, and National Defense Science and Engineering Fellow, studying the shape, biomechanics, and fluid dynamics of marine animals, with a focus on stingrays
For more information and to register: https://sbmm.org/santa-barbara-event/girls-in-ocean-science-2022/2022-10-01/ or contact Lis Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 456-8741.
Founded in 2000 inside the harbor’s historic Waterfront Center Building (formerly the Naval Reserve Building), the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum creates exhibitions and hands-on, educational experiences that celebrate more than 13,000 years of maritime history in our region—from Chumash culture to today’s surfing scenes and environmental movements. Nearly 8,000 square feet of gallery space showcase special presentations and changing displays culled from the museum’s artifact collection, all dedicated to instilling love and respect for our Santa Barbara Channel, for the people who make their living on its waters, and for the abundant marine life that calls these waters home.SBMM is located at 113 Harbor Way, Suite 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. Visit sbmm.org or call (805) 962-8404 for details.