The STREAMS program enriches youths’ experience and knowledge of marine conservation and STEM through youth-directed projects and inquiry, career explorations and collaborative expert partnerships.
The STREAMS program is designed to introduce girls between the ages of 9 and 17 to a multitude of activities that integrate Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics with SCUBA (STREAMS) curriculum. This program focuses primarily on three of the nine core technologies (i.e., structural, mechanical and electrical) with some exposure to optical, biotechnical, thermal and fluid technologies and how they integrate to create the Sea Perch. Program participants will build underwater remote operate vehicles with video recording capabilities. Using the device, participants will have an opportunity to engage in introductory underwater archeology and study the biodiversity of ecosystems, such as reef behavior.
- Provide students in the Baltimore region with a comprehensive integrated STEM and SCUBA experience.
- Support STEM Learning and Literacy
- Cultivate environmental stewardship within the youth population
- Increase self-confidence and team-building skills
- Increase the presence and achievement of minority students engaged in STEM activities.
- Increase the number of students who enroll in college to pursue a degree in STEM.
- Increase the number of youth who actively engage in environmental sustainability
Provide participants with a hands-on learning experience with the tools, techniques and theory that drive remote operated vehicles
Upon successful completion of the Robotics program component, participants will be able to:
1. Explain the technology of producing, storing, controlling, transmitting and getting work from electrical energy (Electrical Technology)
2. Explain the technology of using small amounts of electricity for controlling; detecting; and information collecting, storing, retrieving, processing and communicating (Electrical Technology).
3. Explain the technology required to put together mechanical parts to produce, control and transmit motion (Mechanical Technology).
4. Create and utilize design processes to build a remote operated vehicle (ROV)
5. Assemble mechanical parts and materials together to create supports, containers, shelters, connectors and functional shapes (Structural Technology).
6. Explain and use research methodology to document laboratory testing.
Introduce participants to the fundamental techniques of SCUBA and dive theory
Upon successful completion of the SCUBA program component, participants will be able to:
1. Demonstrate all basic open water dive skills at a satisfactory PADI level.
2. Demonstrate a commitment to learning through regular participation.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the cognitive information required to safely dive in an open water environment.
Note: For students to be certified by PADI for open water, they must successfully demonstrate approximately 300 objectives as outlined in the instructor and student manuals.
Ocean Science Component
Provide students with knowledge and hands-on experiences to be informed stewards of the environment.
After successful completion of the Ocean Science program component, participants will be able to"
1. Describe the current state of human impacts including climate change, pollution, overharvesting, mineral extraction, and exotic specific introduction on marine communities and ecosystems.
2. Identify and classify various coral reef residents and describe their contribution to the reef
3. Discuss the current state of marine resource extraction by humans as well as identify the challenges and obstacles to developing a more sustainable future.