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Shell Collection

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2009 Sea Lab
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2009 Summer
Commencement Program

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Boston College Educational Seismology Project
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Exploring Sea Frontiers
with Dr. Bob Ballard

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Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration Immersion Project
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Boating Safety Course
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• Lewis Temple Memorial Lobby Dedication 10/20/07

New Bedford -- Lewis Temple was the inventor of a whaling harpoon, known as "Temple's Toggle" and "Temple's Iron" that became the standard harpoon of the whaling industry in the middle of the 19th century. Lewis Temple was a skilled blacksmith, not a whaler. He had never been to sea. Temple was born a slave in Richmond, Virginia, in 1800, and arrived in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1829. By 1836, Temple was one of the 315,000 free black people in the United States and a successful businessman who operated a whale craft shop on the New Bedford waterfront. Temple, a well-known citizen of New Bedford, was working as a blacksmith to support his wife, Mary Clark, whom he married in 1829, and their three children.

Simone Bourgeois - Facilitator
Ralph Perry - Curriculum Developer/Teacher
Program Overview

Sea Lab is a marine science studies program funded through the New Bedford Public Schools for the perpetuation of real science activities. Historically, this Program has existed as a six-week summer program servicing academically serious students since 1968. The success of the summer program precipitated the development of an academic year program to expose all grade five students to the realm of marine and aquatic sciences.

Since 1968, Sea Lab has been a six-week summer component of the New Bedford Public Schools. Historically, this Program has been located by the sea at Fort Rodman, New Bedford, Massachusetts. Currently, Sea Lab is a marine and aquatic educational facility servicing New Bedford Public School students interested in studying principles of oceanography, limnology, meteorology, physics, chemistry, geology, and biology as related to the marine and aquatic environments. Practical outdoor skills, such as swimming, sailing, and snorkeling are also an integral part of the summer Sea Lab experience.

In addition to classroom exercises, students participate in field studies conducted along the Massachusetts and Rhode Island coastlines. Also, in collaboration with area universities, Sea Lab students have had the opportunity to participate in on-going scientific research. The teaching materials, selected by the instructors, for presentation at different grade levels, illustrate their desire to achieve a balance between the introduction of basic scientific concepts and the discussion of observable phenomena. The summer curriculum is designed to be progressive and cumulative from the fourth grade to the ninth grade. All in all, the current Sea Lab Program is a high interest, hands-on, intensive study designed to appeal to the serious student.


Recovery of a Marine Ecosystem
A case study of recovery from industrial
pollution on an Acushnet River beach
Alfred A. Vieira, Ph.D. a former Sea Lab Student

Internet 2 - NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

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Initiatives for 2010-2011
  • "Adopt A Shoreline"
  • EPA Collaborative
  • Community Boating
  • Investigative Research
  • View World-Wide
    Seismology Activity
  • Why Does the Earth Quake in New England?
  • MIT Sea Perch
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  • Student Excellence
    The Sea Lab Program, Marine Science Education Center, will ensure educational excellence and equity in the field of marine sciences, and prepare all Sea Lab students to thrive in a technology-intensive global society as analytical thinkers and contributing members of their communities.

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    Community Services
  • Seminars
  • Visiting Lecturers
  • Dissemination Center
  • Beach Walk/Geology
  • Science Lessons
  • Science Fair
  • Meteorological Center
  • Business Partnerships
  • Forum Site
  • Model Lessons for EPA
  • Professional Development
  • Sea Lab 2014 Summer Session Forms

    2014 English Application

    2014 Spanish Application

    2014 Portuguese Application

    2014 Sea Lab Timetable

    2014 Former Students

    2013 Bus Stops Schedule

    2014 Temple Scholarship application

    2014 New Bedford Day Nursery Foundation Scholarship application

    News & Announcements
    URI opens Ocean Science and Exploration Center, Pell Marine Science Library
    King of undersea exploration encourages students
    In October 2006, the Cape Verdean Minister of Education visited Sea Lab. Slideshow
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