2019 NOAA Science Camp Highlights

Since its inception in 2003, NOAA Science Camp has evolved into a highly regarded, collaborative science program. More than 10 NOAA offices, Washington Sea Grant (WSG) and the Joint Institute for Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) partner to introduce middle and high school students to the multidisciplinary nature of research. Scientists and educators interact directly with camp participants to demonstrate how NOAA research addresses environmental issues on both local and international scales.

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Here are a few of the 2019 highlights:

  • NOAA Science Camp partnered with Atlantis STEAM for the fourth year in a row to guide campers in designing and building mini-ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles).15HLnsc1 Campers tested their mini-ROVs by competing to complete tasks underwater.
  • Campers created oral, written, and theatrical presentations of the results of their investigation of an environmental mystery and presented them to scientists, other campers, camp educators, and parents.


  • With the generous support of JISAO, 19 students were awarded full and partial scholarships to attend camp.
  • A career speed-networking event introduced Junior Leadership Program participants to 19 different local scientists and organizations.
  • The Junior Leaders expanded their scope of scientific investigation by learning about the North Pacific Observer Program and the role of fisheries observers in sustainable fishery management. Junior Leaders also had the opportunities in testing an educational activity about subsistence hunting and fishing, and how it is affected by climate change.
  • And, of course, the Whip Cream Challenge (a creative way to learn about fulcrums!)


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View the full 2019 NOAA Science Camp report here.