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SPCMSC scientists, Donya Frank-Gilchrist, Kara Doran, and Robert Jenkins, will participate in classroom presentations and hands-on activities at the 2024 Tampa Bay Watch Summer Camp which runs during the months of June and July. Donya, Kara, and Rob will be participating in 4 different classes to present their science to kids ranging in age from 6 to 15 years old. 

Video Transcript
This video demonstrates a simulation of how storms can impact sandy coastlines through processes such as erosion. This demonstration is conducted at outreach events by scientists at the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center. The activity can also be re-created at home or in the classroom. Learn more about USGS hurricane impact research.

Tampa Bay Watch is a non-profit organization that promotes a healthy Tampa Bay watershed through various community programs including restoration projects, education programs, and outreach activities. This is the first year that the SPCMSC has participated in the Tampa Bay Watch Summer Camp, which aims to expose kids to marine science topics through boating and snorkeling trips, species collection, scientific demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Donya, Kara, and Rob will be showcasing the research they do at SPCMSC on the hazards to our coastal communities due to impacts from strong storms. This team will provide a hands-on experience on how barrier islands respond to storms by using the erosion tank demonstration set up and a brief science presentation. A craft activity “Ocean in a Bottle” is also planned for the youngest campers, as a teaching tool for coastal waves from a physics fundamentals perspective.

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