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Prince William Sound Science Center

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The Science Center is an independent research and education institution focused on the Prince William Sound, Copper River and Bering Glacier systems in the northeastern corner of the Gulf of Alaska. We seek a deeper understanding of the natural world and its relationship to people. Through research, monitoring, education and demonstration projects, we provide the knowledge necessary for maintaining biodiversity, productivity, and the sustainable use of the renewable resources we all depend on.

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Your contributions are used exclusively for developing and delivering our education and outreach programs.

We provide K-12 programs during and after school, lead underwater robotics programs, and offer science summer camps for children and adventure-based oceanography and watershed education programs for young adults. Our “Field Notes” radio programming and science lecture series serve all ages. The Delta Sound Connections annual science magazine highlights the research contributing to our understanding of the region.

Our efforts are focused on helping students understand how local and regional natural systems connect us to global processes. Some of our favorite programs:

Our “Headwaters to Oceans Monitoring Network” (H2O Monitoring) engages with students in classrooms scattered through the region in observing, measuring, recording and sharing information on local weather and water quality. Teachers use lesson plans created by our educators to present complete earth systems science concepts. Students connect with other classrooms online, and share what they are learning as “citizen scientists.” This introduces students to “systems thinking” helping them understand how natural systems are interconnected and interdependent.

Underwater robotics challenges students to design and build a robot that can respond to an imaginary oil spill. Instead of oil we spill popcorn, and the student designed ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) do their best to recover as much popcorn as possible. Students learn design engineering and experience both the difficulty in cleaning up a spill and the promise of technology to respond and clean up the mess.

For our youngest students we are including dance and movement as a complement to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs. Children use the art of dance to “act out” important concepts in natural systems science, turning STEM into STEAM.

Our efforts foster ecologically literate citizens who are system thinkers, prepared to make informed decisions about the resources we depend on.
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EIN: 92-0129853
Contact: (907) 424-5800
Web: www.pwssc.org
Physical: 300 Breakwater Ave
Cordova, AK 99574
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Mailing: PO Box 705
Cordova, AK 99574
Past Pledges: 2012: $1,325.00
2013: $2,725.00
2014: $2,925.00
2015: $3,600.00
2016: $3,500.00
Total: $14,075.00

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300 Breakwater Ave
Cordova, AK 99574

Cause Types
  Youth & Education
      Primary, Vocational, or Secondary Education
      Workforce Development
      Youth Development
  Arts & Culture