Kristin Uiterwyk and Kim Starbuck from the University of Massachusetts Boston's Urban Harbors Institute conducted a workshop at the High School Marine Science Symposium in Salem on March 16. Uiterwyk and Starbuck talked to approximately 40 high school students about the importance of plankton to the marine ecosystem. Students also had the opportunity to build on what they learned by designing plankton and racing them against their classmates’s plankton.
The symposium attracted hundreds of high school students and their teachers to learn about marine science topics and issues. Other workshops focused on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, marine debris, coral bleaching, and marine rescue and rehabilitation.
The Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) hosted the symposium; MME, Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Salem State University, Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays), and others sponsored the event.