In New Brunswick, Rutgers scientists teamed up with the local school district to develop a series of Science Family Nights. Funded by Rutgers’ 4-H Department of Youth Development and Cooperative Extension, and AT&T, this series sets out to inspire and engage the next generation of science-informed students. Students and their families had the opportunity to learn about and interact with a real-life penguin from Jenkinson’s Aquarium, be introduced to high tech ocean data tools, learn about individual steps they can take to help the ocean plastics problem, and receive one on one marine science learning with Rutgers’ professors and scientists. By mid-program, the event was standing room only. The September 19 event focused on the glider technology used by scientists to collect ocean data, examined sand and shells, marine life as well as discussed the zoology of penguins. Scientists from the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences along with Jenkinson’s Aquarium staff conducted hands-on activities with the hopes of inspiring the participation of young scientists in research. There were over 200 students and families who attended the event. In order that there were no communication barriers, a large number of bi-lingual student volunteers were provided by New Brunswick High School to assist with translations between the scientists and families. A light dinner was also provided to the families by Rutgers’ Department of Youth Development.
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