2016 Mayor's Engineering & Science Program

2016 Mayor's Engineering & Science Program
Posted on 03/25/2016
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2016 Mayor's Science Program Application

Student Rosters for Session I and II - Mayor's-NMA Summer Science and Engineering Program
Current 7
th- and 8th-graders in the Norwalk Public Schools can apply now for a free week of fun explorations of our marine world this summer at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. 

Up to 50 youth can participate in the 2016 Mayor’s Student Engineering & Science Program, presented as part of The Maritime Aquarium’s summer youth programming. Half of the students will participate July 4-8; the other 25, Aug. 1-5.

Applications are available from 7th- and 8th-grade science teachers, or by clicking above. Teachers also may recommend that certain students apply (although a teacher recommendation does not guarantee selection). 

Completed applications are due back to designated science teachers on Thursday, March 31. Students must be in good academic standing and will be chosen based on need, their interest in engineering and/or marine sciences, and other criteria.

The summer Aquarium program will be free to students, thanks to $20,000 raised by the Norwalk Energy Efficiency Challenge, begun in 2014 by the Mayor’s Energy and Environment Task Force (MEETF).  The energy challenge encourages residents to participate in Home Energy SolutionsSM, an Energize Connecticut program of Eversource. For a $99 co-pay (which may be waived for income-eligible residents), certified and insured contractors will evaluate household energy use and provide an average of $1,000 of energy efficiency and weatherization services. These services save participants an average of $250 a year, each year, in energy costs. For every home that participates, Norwalk’s Home Energy Solutions partners donate $75 to the MEETF.

Norwalk Councilman John Kydes, chairman of the MEETF, thanked city residents who have completed a Home Energy Audit.

“Your effort to reduce energy costs made this great program for Norwalk students possible,” he said.

Mayor Harry Rilling praised the program. 

“This partnership between the City, the Task Force and The Maritime Aquarium is a wonderful opportunity for 50 young people to learn about our Sound and its life forms,” Rilling said. “It will give them a new and informed respect for our environment and the need to protect it. Last year, the students expressed how much they enjoyed and appreciated the program. We felt we needed to continue it for as long as the funding was available. We are so pleased to be a part of this program.” 

Dr. Brian Davis, president of The Maritime Aquarium, cited the program as another positive connection between the Aquarium and the Norwalk community.

“We’re excited to welcome new, and maybe returning, middle-school students for a great week of fun and learning,” Davis said. “We think that what they learn will help them in school, and we hope that, when they enter high school, they’ll want to continue taking advantage of opportunities here at the Aquarium, perhaps as a volunteer or in our TeMPEST after-school program.”

In the Mayor’s summer program, Maritime Aquarium educators will lead students in such activities as:  building and testing a hydrophone; learning about SCUBA diving from the Aquarium’s Dive Team; participating in a hands-on study cruise aboard the Aquarium’s state-of-the-art new research vessel; creating “enrichments” to keep the Aquarium’s river otters engaged; and making discoveries about marine animals during an exploration at Calf Pasture Beach.

The programs will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aquarium, with pre- and post-care available to help working parents. Transportation is not included.

To learn more about the Norwalk Energy Efficiency Challenge and to schedule your Home Energy Solutions service, please call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) and mention the Norwalk Energy Efficiency Challenge.

The Mayor’s Student Engineering & Science Program is just one of many youth programs offered this summer at The Maritime Aquarium. To learn more about the Aquarium’s summer-camp programs for ages 6-15, which start the week of June 27, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or go to