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June 2, 2003

The Darling Marine Center on the Damariscotta River in Walpole

Ocean Term, the nation?s first marine science semester school for high school sophomore girls and the University of Maine sign agreement to solidify their partnership. Ocean Term is a new school being developed and offered through Kieve Affective Education of Nobleboro, Maine. The campus for Ocean Term will be located at The University of Maine?s Darling Marine Center on the Damariscotta River in Walpole.

Ocean Term is a land-based 16-week semester-long science education program. Ocean Term will serve 32 sophomore high school girls from public and independent schools throughout Maine and across the country, in a curriculum focused on marine science and technology. Other partners working with Ocean Term include The Gulf of Maine Aquarium, Maine Maritime Academy, Bowdoin College and The World Ocean School.

Ocean Term?s mission is to provide young women an inspirational experiential learning experience that engages them in scientific inquiry, leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, and environmental stewardship, and encourages them to continue in science, math and technology as they frame their educational and career aspirations for the future.

The motivation for Kieve Ocean Term was inspired by the success of Kieve Science and Wilderness for Girls, which began in 1992. What started as a 6-day program for 60 girls from Maine now serves 350 girls and women over a 10-week period from throughout the United States. In 1994, Kieve offered replication opportunities to other camps and provided training for staff from other science camps for girls throughout New England. A teacher-training component was added in 1994, and continues as an effective means of dissemination for the current program.
The success of the Science Camp resulted in an increase in the numbers of participants and the number of programs offered. In addition to the first year program, Kieve added a year-two science experience, providing an opportunity for girls to return for another week the following summer. The year-two program was equally successful and led to a wilderness program which offers 7 and 13-day wilderness opportunities for girls in grades 7-11, as well as mother/daughter and women?s adventures. Girls who completed all of these programs expressed a desire to return, and a ?counselor in training? program was launched. As a result, each summer Kieve receives more applications than there are program positions, and they continue to receive positive feedback from young women who complete the program.

Ocean Term responds to the success of Kieve Science and Wilderness, where girls pursue science and take healthy risks in the safety of a supportive environment, and the widely expressed interest from camp participants for a longer Kieve experience with a more significant academic intent. The semester program will target sophomore girls during a crucial time of their high school career, helping them discover their strengths and use them to make a difference in themselves, their schools and their communities. The experience will inform their academic decisions as they pursue their high school careers and make their post-high school choices.
For additional information regarding Ocean Term or for an application contact Kieve?s Ocean Term Director, Pam Erickson at 207-563-5172, oceanterm@kieve.org or see their web site at www.kieve.org

For more information please contact Pam Erickson


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