Student in one of our Teen Programs

Grades 8–10

Recruitment for fall 2019 is now closed.

Program Details

Design for the Ocean is a semester-long after-school program offered to 8th- through 10th-grade students interested in designing solutions for ocean conservation problems using engineering skills. Teens learn about conservation science, the design thinking process and how to use state-of-the-art fabrication tools like laser cutters and 3D printers.

In the fall 2019 session, students will design, build and test their own water conservation device within their community. Participants in this pilot program will be the inaugural group to use the Innovation Lab located within the new Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership.

Requirements for Applying

  • Grade level: Grades 8–10
  • Ages: 13–16
  • Attend both days of the program launch and all weekly meetings

Important Dates

  • Applications open:
    Monday, May 20 through Friday, June 21
  • Program launch:
    Friday, September 6 from 5–9 p.m. and Saturday, September 7 from 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Weekly meetings:
    Thursdays 6–8 p.m. from September 12 through November 21 (excluding October 31)
  • Optional Saturday work days:
    October 5, November 2 and November 23 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Share-out and celebration:
    Saturday, December 7

How to Apply

Recruitment for fall 2019 is now closed.

For more information about Design for the Ocean, email Teen Programs at