2017 – 2021
Science & Sailing: Access and Education on Long Island Sound
SoundWaters Young Mariners STEM Academy provides a rigorous hands‐on summer learning experience through a STEM-based curriculum, while simultaneously building self-confidence through outdoor water and sailing focused programming for students, in partnership with Stamford Public Schools. These 5th to 9th graders are invited to participate based on their need for additional academic support, with the goal to prevent students from falling further behind during the summer break. Students are invited to return each summer for increasingly more challenging STEM learning and outdoor experiences.
In July 2020, SoundWaters launched Research Intensive, a summer research program to provide college-level science experiences and skills for high school students right at home on Long Island Sound. Utilizing SoundWaters Research Vessel, schooner, and coastal site, students’ field study focuses on water quality and marine debris, animal populations, and climate science. Students have access to their own professional research materials and equipment and their data will contribute to longitudinal studies of Long Island Sound.
SoundWaters is a recognized and trusted environmental education organization across the Long Island Sound region, working with 146 schools across 65 communities in Connecticut and New York. They have sustained relationships with communities, schools, businesses, and political leaders for over 30 years based on shared values and trust. They have been awarded a 4-star rating, the highest possible, from Charity Navigator, based on financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.