The pier offers a wide variety of educational programs throughout the year for all ages. On your next field trip join us for an educational experience your students will be talking about for weeks to come.
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Beach Explorations: Students discover all the various types of animals that call the intertidal zone home.
Plankton Investigations: Students learn how to use scientific instruments and discover the microscopic organisms that are vital to the marine food chain.
Pier Fishing 101: Learn the basic skills necessary to catch a fish. Students learn to cast, reel and proper catch and release techniques, while fishing on the pier. All bait, tackle and reds are included in the lesson.
Wind Energy 101 (STEM): In this program students learn how to harness energy from the wind, advantages and disadvantages of wind energy, the importance of clean wind and ideal locations to install wind turbines to maximize energy output. Through construction of their own “turbine” and discussions about alternative energy, participants in this program gain an understanding of how this technology works and its importance for future energy generation.
Advanced Wind Energy 201 (STEM): In this program students explore and test the factors an engineer considers when developing a wind turbine. They are tasked with determining the number blades, blade design and discover how integrating gears and gear ratio will change power output. Their goal is to engineer a wind turbine that can power a small light bulb and produces more energy than their classmates. This STEM program focuses on engineering and math.
Water Quality and Conservation (STEM): Students learn that although water is everywhere, not all water is suitable for human consumption. They learn the role plants have in filtering polluted waters and discover ways in which humans can protect, conserve and restore water systems. In this program they learn about the effect of different soils on filtration and build their own water filter.
Solar Science (STEM): Discover and discuss solar power as an energy resource. Students design, build and evaluate a solar device and discover how solar panels maximize efficiency. In this program they construct solar cars or airboats.
Climate Clues (STEM): Discover greenhouse gases and their role in the atmosphere. Explore the impact of ocean acidification on marine organisms and learn what happens to the ocean's waters as carbon dioxide increases in the atmosphere. This program includes three short labs related to each topic.
Geothermal -- It’s Hot and Cold (STEM): In this program, students discover that we can use the Earth’s heat to warm and cool our homes. Students learn about geothermal energy and work collaboratively to build their own geothermal closed-loop system. They can decide how they are going to build their system and whether they are trying to use Earth’s heat to cool or warm their “home.” The group will then compete to determine who built the most efficient system.
Ocean Currents: Students discover how convection currents work and why they are important in a marine ecosystem. The program includes a lab were students learn about density and why this is an important factor that drives currents.
Squid Dissection: Students will investigate the intricacies of structure and function of this unique organism.
Cost:$8 per student, teachers and chaperones are free
Harnessing Renewable Energy:
The Future of Power
Jennette’s Pier has teamed up with the UNC Coastal Studies Institute to offer a unique alternative energy program to 5th – 12th grade students. This program educates students about wind, solar and ocean energy through site visits to Jennette’s Pier and UNC Coastal Studies Institute. Students learn how each site utilizes or researches alternative energies, and the mechanics of creating electrical energy from kinetic energy. Students then use what they have learned to engineer a device that creates an electrical voltage from wind, solar, ocean waves or ocean currents.
Through this process students learn principles of electricity, engineering principles, the science of ocean processes and problem solving.
Students are at each site for 1.5 hours. They will participate in Wind Energy 101 and Solar Science at Jennette’s Pier and focus on Ocean Energy at UNC Coastal Studies Institute.
Cost:$20 per student, teachers and chaperones are free
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