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Explore Ocean Waves at NMHS

Newark Memorial High's Marine and Science Tech program hosts open house

Find Nemo and more inside Newark Memorial High School's Marine and Science Technology Institute Center this Thursday.

Students and staff are inviting the community to learn more about the program during its Open Sea Open House.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the campus. Children and adults are welcome to get an interactive lesson and find out what dwells in the world's open waters.

Newark Memorial High School's MaST program is one of five in the United States. The student-run program has been successful since its inception eight years ago, said Daniel Johnson, director of MaST.

Stocked with 10 aquariums, a tide pool, a koi pond and more, the program acts as a center which third- and fourth-grade students visit to learn more about astronomy and marine life throughout the school year.

The success of the program is mostly due to the students, Johnson said.

More than 60 students are taking part in the MaST program this school year, and are divided into five different teams: Audio-Video; Information Technology; Husbandry;  Tours and Connections; and Business and Marketing.

The various departments make the program unique, Johnson said.

"It gives students a chance to really show off their hard work," said Johnson, as his students worked independently on caring for the various tanks last Friday.

"Theres's a place for everyone. It's a place where they can make it their own," Johnson added.

From jelly fish to leopard sharks, the public will get to see what makes the MaST program special. The open house will also include two puppet shows, craft activities and a bake sale. All proceeds will go toward the MaST program.

To learn more about Newark Memorial's MaST program, visit the website here and read an earlier article by Teen Tuesday columnist Erin Springsteen .

Gary Stadler May 24, 2011 at 03:03 AM
If you have children in elementary or junior high schools then you really need to pack them up and get them to this open house. My son has participated in MAST this past year and cannot wait to continue next year. The program is more than just learning about marine biology and the sciences, it teaches independence, initiative, public speaking and much more. The students have a sense of ownership and they all support each other so that they succeed or fail as a group, and they don't fail!! Our school district has very little that makes it stand out but this program is one that stands apart from the rest. We must not lose this important program but they are some who fail to see its amazing aspects. Come to the open house, see for yourself. You will be amazed.
Rick Bensco May 27, 2011 at 03:34 PM
WOW! What a show! Top notch! Professional quality! Outstanding! First class! I was taken aback by all the students enthusiasm, smiles and pride. What a great hands on learning experience this is. I've spoken about the need to belong in other posts and this is a fine example. After speaking with the students I learned they put on the whole show themselves and that maybe this program is the only one like it in the state. Newark should be proud to have such an outstanding program in it's school system.

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