Ninth- and 10th-grade students in Norwalk can apply now for a free after-school program at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk that will help deepen their engagement in science and prepare them for college.
Applications are due by Fri., Oct. 5 for TeMPEST (Teen Maritime Programs Emphasizing Science & Technology), an annual program that promotes teens’ STEM literacy and prepares them for college or other career paths after high school.
The program meets at The Maritime Aquarium after school once a week from late October through early April and is free for students attending any of the Norwalk public high schools: Brien McMahon, Norwalk and Richard C. Briggs. (Tokens for the city bus service, Wheels, are available for transportation to and from the Aquarium.)
This is the seventh year for TeMPEST. In 2016, the program received one of three national Education Awards from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the organization that sets the standards for excellence for America’s zoos and aquariums.
TeMPEST is free to students thanks to the generous support of the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation.
TeMPEST provides fun focused experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as opportunities for students to interact with Maritime Aquarium animals and staff. In addition, TeMPEST focuses on preparing juniors for college, from presentations about the college-application process to attending college fairs and campus visits.
Space in TeMPEST is limited and competitive. Applications are due Oct. 5. A group interview will be held on Thurs., Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m. Accepted students will be notified by Oct. 15 and programs will begin the week of Oct. 22.
Get more details, and the online application, at www.maritimeaquarium.org/tempest.