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The Making of: Virus Hunters

A Virtual St. Pete Science Festival Activity.

October 21, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Community Engagement

Plunging into Our Polar Seas was the theme for this year’s competition, where students competed virtually for the first time.

Spoonbill Bowl – A Virtual Success!

Congratulations to all the students and coaches and a huge thank you to the committee and volunteers that made this online event possible!

April 7, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Community Engagement

The winning team of the (pre-COVID!) 2020 Spoonbill Ocean Sciences Bowl from Gainesville, FL.

Spoonbill Competition – the Biggest Ever -- Goes Virtual

For the first time in its long-running history, the Spoonbill Ocean Sciences Bowl, a regional high school competition in St. Petersburg, FL where teams compete to advance to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, will be held virtually.

March 12, 2021Community Engagement

Tracing on the mural

At the CMS, Scientists can be Artists, too

Then came our signature project. The Art Committee decided to paint its very own mural. In part, we wanted to leave our mark on campus.

February 10, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Community Engagement

A group of Jr Scientists pose for a picture before starting their day at the Science Festival in 2019.

Jr Scientist program expands their virtual reach with help from CMS students

Developed in 2014 by CMS students, the goal of the Jr Scientist program is to give middle and high school students the opportunity to volunteer at the festival, as a way to engage them in science.

December 11, 2020Community Engagement

Each camper had the chance to explain their design and inspiration, along with giving their plankton a name.

Whatever floats your… plankton?

Oceanography Camp for Girls continues virtually.

November 20, 2020Community Engagement

Drs Erin Symonds, Mya Breitbart and Karyna Rosario at their ‘World of Microbes’ station as part of the St. Petersburg Science Festival.

Not All Viruses are Bad!

Dr Karyna Rosario is based within the Marine Genomics Laboratory at the University of South Florida in the US. Her research, focusing on viral metagenomics, has led to the discovery of a novel indicator that helps detect harmful pathogens in wastewater. The findings will lead to safer lives for all of us.

September 23, 2020Community Engagement

Campers and science mentors with USF's Oceanography Camp for Girls (OCG) smile as they wrap up the first virtual event of the 2020 camp. Photo courtesy of OCG.

Virtual Science Camps Provide a Much-Needed Escape

The camp looked a bit different this year. Instead of the traditional three-week in-person format, the camp will be a hybrid virtual and in-person format taking place over the next nine months.

July 31, 2020Community Engagement, Girls Camp

On May 5th, the taste of science St. Petersburg chapter hosted an online event titled “Cinco de Science: The Science of Taste.” Event speakers taught attendees how the human body responds to spicy tastes and about food production in the United States.

The Unexpected Benefits of Virtual Science Outreach

Since mid-March life has been about adaptation. Adapting to new learning and work environments. Adapting to virtual happy hours and Zoom calls with not-so-tech-savvy parents.

June 2, 2020Community Engagement

New CMS Outreach Program Wins Smart Cities Award

New CMS Outreach Program Wins Smart Cities Award

We are proud to launch this program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast so we can that educate kids about the challenges and opportunities facing our precious coast, while also empowering them toward action.

March 10, 2020Community Engagement, News

All present artists that created work for the exhibit and the event coordinators.

Think Macro Act Micro

How marine science dripped onto the artist’s canvas.

January 23, 2020Blogs and Perspectives, Community Engagement

Ph.D. student Natalia Lopez, dicussing her undergraduate research using stable isotopes to predict the impacts of sea level rise in a natural reserve in Puerto Rico.

Great American Teach In – Largo High School

During the day of the event Natalia Lopez was going to talk to only one group, but both the students and teachers asked if Natalia Lopez could stay longer to ask more questions, talk to their friends in other grades and get more details about these opportunities.

November 19, 2019Blogs and Perspectives, Community Engagement

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