The William Paca Middle School cohort of the Stony Brook STEP (Science & Technology Entry Program) Club recently spent a day exploring the Shinnecock Bay aboard the Research Vessel “Peconic” chartered through Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. According to William Paca Middle School science teacher Paula Kluse, Captain Brian Gagliardi and his crew introduced the group to many of the tools and methods used by marine scientists to study the local marine environment. “We learned about the various research studies currently being conducted through the facility and their impact on our ecosystems,” said Ms. Kluse. “It was a wonderful hands-on experience and many of our kids will recall this trip as a motivating factor in choosing their future science careers!”
The Stony Brook STEP program is a science outreach program which runs off a grant through Stony Brook University. The main goal of the program is to ignite an interest in the science, technology and engineering fields for secondary students. Students accepted into the program continue to participate in activities both within the district and at Stony Brook University throughout their secondary education. Students will also have the opportunity to continue STEP participation in the collegiate level version of the program after high school graduation.