The 4th National Student Summit on the Ocean and Coasts is almost here! On March 9-11, 2013, The Coastal America Partnership will be hosting 100 students and educators from Learning Centers around the US, Canada and Mexico to help raise awareness of coastal problems and to promote stewardship of our ocean resources. The student delegates have been hard at work on issues of concern in their regions that relate to one of the Seven Ocean Literacy Principles, http://oceanliteracy.wp2.coexploration.org/ocean-literacy-framework/principles-and-concepts/.
They will travel to Washington, DC for this opportunity to interact with one another, including creating a group proclamation that exemplifies their goals; presenting their projects to federal experts to benefit from their input; and experiencing a bit of the legislative process on Capitol Hill. During that capstone day on the Hill, the students will actually present their group proclamation to Administration and Congressional representatives—an empowering experience for youthful voices. Please join us for the March 11th student presentations at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History’s (NMNH) Baird Auditorium, before panels of ocean experts and open to the public. To amplify the learning opportunity, these sessions will be webcast live over the Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal at www.ocean.si.edu/CoastalAmericaStudentSummit so if you can’t make it to Baird Auditorium, please tune in to the webcast!
The Student Summit is possible only because of the scope of the Partnership. With funds provided by several federal agencies, by the aquaria themselves and by corporate partners, some of whom are helping fund the travel of students from their nearby Learning Center, as well as by a tri-national government agency, this is an uncommon opportunity.