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Youth Enrichment Service E-Team Visits USGS Center in Woods Hole, MA


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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Woods Hole Science Center hosted the Youth Enrichment Service (YES) E-Team on April 20, 2005. YES is a 33-year-old, Boston-based community nonprofit organization. This year, the YES E-Team toured the Woods Hole Science Center's Marine Operations Facility.

The YES E-Team is composed of youths, ages 13 to 17, that sign up to tour Massachusetts and examine ongoing environmental programs. The team visits and talks with professionals who are using modern technology to better understand the world through field and laboratory study. YES E-Team members and staff travel outside the Boston area to visit locations where scientists collect, analyze, study, produce, and archive data collected in laboratories and in the field. The E-Team curriculum requires students to use mathematics and the scientific method to solve problems. They are required to prepare for field trips by using USGS maps, weather summaries, and preprinted materials. Their experiences are enhanced beyond the school walls when they have the opportunity to meet professionals working in fields to which they aspire.

At the Marine Operations Facility, the students listened to science staff and toured the facilities, contemplating and asking questions about what they saw. In addition, the presenters were asked to "mentor" the students by sharing personal experiences and interests to which the students might relate. This extra touch gives the students a chance to see that the science can be mixed with other personal interests. The Marine Operations Facility tour was meant to provide the students with an open visit to a functioning facility showing off large-scale marine technology. The tour also offered the students a chance to see scientists and marine technicians at work.


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Woods Hole Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Woods Hole, MA
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