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Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Outreach Programs


Blue Crab Bowl

It is the Virginia regional competition for the National Ocean Science Bowl. Every year this event is made possible by a number of volunteers. High school students come and compete every year to move on to the National level.

Boy Scouts Oceanography Merit Badge Program

ODU's Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography and the Department of Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Research Vessel Fay Slover sponsper a program where Boy Scout troops can earn a Oceanography Merit Badge.  The students take part in a program where they aboard the research vessel and the staff show the students the various equipment that oceanographers use out in the field to collect samples and data.

Classroom Presentations

Our department can offer various presentations to bring to your classroom. One program in particular featured in this photo is Humphrey the Whale. Humphrey the Whale is an inflatable whale where your students can venture inside.  Our volunteers will inform your students about fascinating facts about the whales and why they are so vital to our oceans.

Educational Websites

This provides a list of a various resources related to Ocean Sciences that you can use to inform your students about the field.