Student in one of our Teen Programs

Grades 8–10

Recruitment for spring 2020 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 spring 2020 session, students will design, build, and test their own energy conservation device in their community.

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, October 21 through Friday, November 22
  • Program launch:
    Friday, January 24 from 5–9 p.m. and Saturday, January 25 from 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Weekly meetings:
    Thursdays 6–8 p.m. from January 30 through April 30 (excluding April 9 and April 16)
  • Optional Saturday work days:
    February 1, March 7 and April 4 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Share-out and celebration:
    Saturday, May 2

How to Apply

Recruitment for spring 2020 is now closed.

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