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The Friends of the Mariana Trench (FOMT) has created an ocean science program under a grant from the Administration of Native Americans (ANA) called Project HOPE - Healthy Ocean & People Empowerment. Our project coordinators are Jessielynn Quitano and Joe Villacruis. Our project approach is focused on the cross points of traditional cultural methods and STEM principles to promote ocean conservation stewardship with college students leading an exchange between ocean elders and 6th grade students. This project was inspired by the desire to facilitate improving CNMI’s 6th grader’s ACT Aspire test scores. Specifically, Project HOPE is designed to use experiential learning to increase understanding of experimental results, inferences, evaluation of models and analyzing data. A copy of our program flyer can be accessed at the link at the end of this survey. If you are responding to Word Doc then the same document should be attached to the email sent to you.
The project objective is for 6th grade students to show an increase in scientific aptitude by participating in structured ocean science club activities. As Project HOPE is funded by the ANA, there is no cost for student participation. The Project HOPE program is focused on 6th grade students from all PSS middle schools.
Our program consists of approximately 12 weeks of activities once a week. The majority of our program is in-person activities on Mondays for 5 hours at the Guma Sakman in Susupe. Students will additionally be expected to participate in a stewardship project during this program. The program finishes with a day-camp that consists of five (5) consecutive days of activities during the summer (dates are TBD). The FOMT small group meetings and ocean camp are structured with appropriate social distancing protocols in place to protect everyone as much as possible. Our COVID-19 protocols are based on CDC, CHCC Public Health and PSS guidelines.
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