District News

8/24/2017 - SEARCH Trip

On June 1st, twenty-five CHS students had the opportunity to visit UCONN Avery Point and tour the Northeast Underwater Research Technology Center to see the Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) developed and used for marine research in LI Sound.

Engineers and scientists at UCONN shared the science, technology, and engineering concepts related to careers in the marine sciences.  The marine sciences are truly an integrated field of study with chemistry, physics, and biology field work using the latest in technology and engineering to study the marine environment.  Students also hopped aboard the Project Oceanology marine research vessel to conduct a variety of tests including core sampling, turbidity, water collection protocol at sea to test for pH, salinity, dissolved oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the Sound.  A highlight was trawling for marine organisms and then hauling in the “catch” to perform species identification and measurement data.  Some of the organisms included squid, crabs, summer and winter flounder, horseshoe crabs, starfish, and a large skate.  CHS joined Suffield HIgh School students as a culminating event of the Marine Technology for Students and Teachers Program (MaTTs).  The MaTTs program was part of an NSF grant and operated out of the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and UCONN Avery Point where Marissa Schroeter and Alexandra Benoff worked with students from around the country and New England to build ROVs and sensors used in the marine sciences.  The CHS Science Department hopes to continue this relationship with UCONN, URI and Suffield High School to inspire future students to consider careers and opportunities in the marine sciences.