"We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and investigated, interacted with and, of course, learn about."

– Rockland County, NY, camp director

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Look closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).

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TeMPEST is an Aquarium-based after-school program for high-school students in the Norwalk and Stamford public schools. TeMPEST provides unique hands-on experiences in science and technology, plus opportunities for students to interact with Aquarium animals and staff. TeMPEST has two main focuses: increasing students' enthusiasm about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs; and helping to prepare them for life beyond high school.


What do you do in Tempest?

Freshman & sophomores can choose a subject: marine technology or population ecology. The marine technology group focuses on ocean exploration, and the technology used to overcome the challenges associated with it. For the final project, students work in teams to construct a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The Population Ecology group will be determining how STEM is used by biologists to protect the most at risks species. One effective way biologists protect species is through population ecology - study of how the population sizes of species groups change over time.  Students will build drones, a tool used to study animal populations, within groups and lead discussions on how drones can help monitor the Long Island Sound ecosystem

Junior year TeMPEST students are focusing on energy - where we get it, how we use it, and how to improve our consumption. Students learn about various sources of conventional and alternative energy through outdoor research, site visits, and engineering projects. For the final project, students design, build and install a working wind turbine. Juniors in TeMPEST also prepare for life beyond high school with workshops and conversations with experts as well as a three-day spring college visit.

Seniors have the unique opportunity to participate in a paid internship at The Maritime Aquarium. The internship experience is customized to each students interests. Students get to work alongside experts in the department path they've chosen, which provides them with an intensive real-world work experience.  

In order to be part of this internship program, students have to complete at minimum one year of the program.

Who can join TeMPEST?

TeMPEST is open to high-school freshman and sophomores.  We may be able to accept a few juniors. Upon acceptance, students are encouraged to re-apply and be part of the program for all 4 years of high school. We are currently accepting applications for the 2017/2018 school year.

When does TeMPEST meet?

Marine Technology:  Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.  (mid-October – May)

Population Ecology:  Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.  (mid-October – May)

Juniors:   Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (mid-October – May)

Seniors:   dependent on the internship experience. The program as a whole runs from January to May, with select days in the Fall for workshops.

Is there a fee to participate in TeMPEST?

No, Tempest is fully funded through the generosity of the following:

-  Peter & Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation

-  Henry Niles Foundation

-  Kinder Morgan Foundation

-  Newman's Own Foundation

-  Wells Fargo

-  Fairfield County's Community Foundation