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Marine Biology

Three-Week Summer Science Program

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This program takes full advantage of our location on the coast in Boston. Wellesley is only a commuter rail ride away from ships departing for the Boston Harbor Islands. Students study high and low tides, venture into rivers and streams, and explore the various New England habitats. A trained marine biologist leads our program and creates a custom aquarium with discoveries from his SCUBA dives on campus in Wellesley, so bad weather conditions never hold the class back. Students engage in proprietary activities that other marine biology programs for high school students rarely include. This is the perfect option for students who have outgrown the typical summer camp but don’t want to spend the summer in a lab.

Steve Smith earned his Masters in Biology from Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center, in a certified SCUBA diver, and is currently a marine science educator with the Massachusetts Marine Educators. Steve designed this program with a science educator at a major marine science research center. Last year, students visited the famous New England Aquarium and Northeastern’s prestigious Marine Science Center in conjunction with their numerous trips to the shore.

This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens.

Students do research off the coast of Boston in the Marine Biology three-week summer science program

Date: July 13th – July 31st
Dana Hall – Wellesley, MA

Field Work

Marine Biology students measure the impact of ocean temperature and ocean acidification on the growth of seaweed and marine animals while on the Boston Harbor Islands. They will venture out to survey the rocky shores of Georges Island, and document the invasive species fouling the dock pilings.

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In-Class Research

First-hand research opportunities start with exploration of a saltwater aquarium in the classroom.  Our instructor. Steve Smith, is a certified SCUBA diver packs the aquarium with saltwater plants and sea creatures that he collects on dives (and releases after the program is over).  The aquarium is definitely worth the effort, as it provides an endless source of entertainment and education for the students. 
 
Steve has been known to drop by Quincy Market to collect rare and unusual fish. Students first make images of the fish on butcher paper and on t-shirts using Gyotaku, a Japanese art form. Students then dissect the fish, comparing and contrasting the anatomy of fish that are bottom dwellers versus not and so on.
Students study marine life in the Marine Biology three-week summer science program

Field Trips

On past field trips, students have visited Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant, MA. They have witnessed surgery on a marine animal at the New England Aquarium, visited the Boston Harbor Islands, and have identified different species of whales on a Whale Watch.

This year, students will attend the Marine Science Center at Northeastern University’s College of Science and have a chance to learn from top researchers in a beautifully maintained marine environment.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith (far right) is a Biology teacher at Lynn English High School. Since his youth growing up on the North Shore of Massachusetts, Steve has had an avid interest in science and the ocean. In pursuit of this passion he earned his Bachelors Degree in Marine Science at Stony Brook University where he gained hands-on experience in a variety of marine science skills and methods at the Stony Brook Southampton Marine Science Campus. After college, Steve earned his Masters Degree in Biology at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center, studying the applications of neuroscience in marine robotics. Steve still remains active in marine science education as a member of the Massachusetts Marine Educators, and the lead instructor of the BLI Marine Biology summer program.

Teacher Steve Smith poses with students off the coast of Boston in the Marine Biology three-week summer science program
Students work with a natural ecosystem in the Marine Biology three-week summer program

Student Comments

‘I loved Steve. Everything was great, awesome. I loved it. Steve was very relaxed and I respected him and felt very comfortable with him.’

‘My favorite part of the program was the field trips, the hands-on element was unique to the program and an experience that would not be easily found elsewhere. I bonded with other students in the program, and the knowledge I gained over the course of the three weeks is invaluable.’

‘For the second time doing a marine life class this program offered the best hands-on activity, discussion and activities. I felt like I learned a lot and I had a lot of fun.’

‘I truly liked everything about this class. I feel that I learned so much about marine biology and we were lucky to have an amazing teacher like Steve. He made the class fun.’

Student Comments (Continued)

‘I had Steve Smith as my marine bio teacher. Steve is a great teacher, keeps us interested. The program involved a lot of field trips with both the students and teacher made not only educational but fun and intriguing.’

‘I thought this class was an incredible opportunity, I love that we had both in class and in the field learning experiences. The teacher was nice and gave great lectures and balanced his class time so it was never repetitive or boring. I enjoyed being able to learn without worrying about grades and being able to physically experience each habitat.’

‘I loved the marine bio program. Mr. Smith was really chill. He did a lot of different activities to cater to everyone’s learning styles. The field trips were fun and educational.’

Students take a picture while visiting Boston in the Marine Biology three-week summer science program

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