The Scigirls STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program at Mote is tailored specifically for middle school girls, utilizing proven strategies for engaging girls in STEM such as mentorship and exposure to female role models in STEM. Participants will be immersed in the captivating realm of marine science through interactive sessions, hands-on experiments, collaborative projects, field sampling, and visits to locations onsite to observe science in action.
Focusing on the 5 main domains of marine science, this program will foster curiosity, critical thinking, and confidence in STEM, while equipping girls with essential scientific skills, inspiring and empowering girls to pursue further studies and careers in STEM, and igniting a lasting passion for marine science and other STEM disciplines. Register for single days, or dive in for the whole week!
Pre-registration is required.
Who: Girls in 6th-8th grade (ages 11-14)
When: Spring Break 2024 (March 11-15, March 25-29)
Fee: $54/day for members, $60/day for non-members
Riding the Wave
Today campers will hone their scientific skills of observation and prediction while exploring the intriguing world of marine physics. Girls will investigate wave dynamics, complete an engineering challenge, and learn that there’s more than meets the eye through optical illusion experimentation. Available 3/11 and 3/25.
It Takes Two to Transect*
Dive into our marine biology day to discover the sampling techniques biologists use to understand the abundance and biodiversity of our ocean life. Emphasizing meticulous data collection skills, girls will collect, identify, sort, and classify animals collected in Sarasota Bay, and have a surprise encounter with one of our aquarium residents. Available 3/12 and 3/26. *This day includes dip netting in the bay.
What is seawater anyway? Today girls will learn about the composition of seawater, its properties, and its role in sustaining marine life, all while analyzing and interpreting data. Colorful experiments and water quality testing are sure to cause a positive reaction! Available 3/13 and 3/27.
This day is a win for modern technology as we apply mapping tools to understand seafloor topography through marine geology, habitat distribution in marine geography, and the dynamic relationship between land, sea, and human interaction. Available 3/14 and 3/28.
Speaking for the Sea
Research, communication, and collaboration skills will be put into practice during our marine conservation day. Girls will learn how to find and utilize reliable resources to create and present a project to their peers highlighting a current conservation issue to inspire environmental stewardship. Available 3/15 and 3/29.
Contact Us for more information.
Mote Aquarium is regularly selling out during many of our timed ticket entry opportunities. Guests are highly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance in order to guarantee entry. At this time, guests arriving at Mote Aquarium without a pre-designated entry time will not be guaranteed entry.