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TIDE Camp: High school students experience marine science at a two-week summer camp at UD

TIDE Camp: High school students experience marine science at a two-week summer camp at UD

Summer is the perfect time to watch the waves roll in at the beach – or at a 137-footlong research tank with slow-motion video replay.

High school students had the opportunity to do both recently as part of TIDE Camp, a two-week overnight program at the University of Delaware exploring the scientific processes at work along the coast.

“It’s really cool,” said rising 12th grader Rachel Owrutsky about the Air-Sea Interaction Laboratory in Lewes. “We measured the waves’ frequency and speed.”

Owrutsky and her fellow campers found new perspectives on marine science as they visited facilities within the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), took field excursions and participated in workshops with faculty.

TIDE, which stands for Taking Interest in Delaware’s Estuary, is an academic learning experience for 10th through 12th graders that focuses on topics such as climate change, ocean chemistry, estuaries, tides and offshore wind power. The program is coordinated by CEOE Assistant Dean Franklin Newton and Dana Veron, assistant professor of physical ocean science and engineering.