July 19, 2002 vol. viii, number 7
Students Dive into Summer Science Fun at UVI
Do you know the four types of
mangrove trees found in the Virgin
Islands? If you don't, ask a partici-
pant in the University of the Virgin
Islands Summer Science Enrich-
ment Academies (SSEA), who
spent an afternoon touring the man-
grove lagoon at Benner Bay on St.
Thomas' East End.
Through the SSEA, 50 high
school students and recent high
school graduates from across the
territory are spending six weeks on
UVI's St. Thomas campus explor- -
ing the world of science. Twenty -:
seventh-graders and eighth-grad- "
ers from throughout the territory are -
attending the SSEA on UVI's St.
Croix campus, learning about the Students in UVI 's Summer
marine environment. Academy on the St. Thom
On St. Thomas the students snorkel at the mangrove I
are divided into two groups, one fo-
cusing on "Threats to the Environment" and the other focus-
ing on "Measuring the Universe." Along with attending biol-
ogy, chemistry, mathematics, physics, language arts and learn-
ing strategies classes, they also take weekly field trips. The
first was a visit to the mangrove lagoon.
Gerson N. Cruz, one of the 12 students from St. Croix
who is attending the program on St. Thomas, sees the pro-
gram as a jump-start to a career in chemical engineering and
aeronautics. "It deals with science and math and I've learned
that I need to excel in science and math to become a chemi-
cal engineer," he said.
The younger students on the St. Croix campus are di-
vided into five groups and each group must report on one of
five topics. The topics are: "Deep Benthic Organisms and
Geothermal Vents: Living Conditions on the Sea Floor;" "Ef-
fects of Pollution on Marine Environments: Water Quality and
Safeguards;" "Coral Reef Ecology, a Rainforest in the Sea;"
"Hurricanes and Their Impacts on Marine Environments;"
and "Sea Turtles." They attend classes in physical science,
biology, math, learning and communication skills and comput-
ers, along with going on field trips and listening to guest speak-
While the focus of the senior
group is more on careers, the fo-
cus on the junior group is reinforce-
ment of the sciences. "This is the
age to grab them and keep them
interested in science and math,"
said Dr. Michelle Peterson, pro-
gram coordinator on the St. Croix
Many of the students who
have participated in the SSEA pro-
gram during its past 12 years have
gone on to pursue careers in medi-
.- cine and the sciences.
"This is an awesome pro-
gram," said Program Coordinator
Dr. Rosenid Hernandez-Badia.
"Besides academics, the students
science Enrichment get to meet important people like
s campus kayak and Delegate Donna Christian-
goon at Benner Bay. Christensen, who lectured to them
on the topic 'community health,'
meet students with similar interests, and get first-hand expo-
sure from the various field trips," she said.
The Summer Science Enrichment Academies are spon-
sored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the UVI
Health Careers Opportunities Program (HCOP), the Health
Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the His-
torically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Pro-
Other summer programs at the University of the Virgin
Islands include: the Virgin Islands Writing Project, Reichhold
Center Youth Movie Making Workshop, Upward Bound Sum-
mer Program, New Paltz Summer Exchange Program,
Aquaponics and Tilapia Aquaculture Short Course and the
Family Life Center Summer Program.
July 25 Reichhold Business After Hours, STT
July 28 Mango Melee, STX
From Toddlers to Teens, 4-H'ers Get Hands-On Training
The University of the Virgin Islands 4-H Summer Pro-
gram on St. Croix is helping to develop super kids, creative
kids, shining stars and young scholars. This summer's pro-
gram, sponsored by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service, is
serving 238 children in the St. Croix community at three dif-
ferent locations. The children meet daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3
p.m. at the Alexander Henderson School, Ricardo Richards
School or UVI.
At the Henderson and Richards schools, the students are
divided into groups according to age: Super Kids, 5 to 7-year-
olds; Creative Kids, 8 to 11-year-olds; and Shining Stars, 11 to
14-year-olds. The Young Scholars, a special academic pro-
gram for 11 to 14-year-olds, is held on UVI's campus. Along
with daily activities, the students go on field trips and listen to
* The Super Kids are exploring the sense of self, learning
about living things, along with latchkey competencies, conflict
resolution and interpersonal skills.
* The Creative Kids are exploring the sciences through
hands-on activities like raising eggs in an incubator and build-
ing a seismograph to measure earthquakes.
* The Shining Stars develop workforce preparedness by
learning public speaking skills, interviewing tactics and per-
* The Young Scholars are engaged in a law program taught
by professionals, in which the students put together an entire
The Ricardo Richards location is set up as a "mini soci-
ety" to introduce the students to entrepreneurship. Divided
into groups, each group sets up its own government, estab-
lishes a currency, elects officials, and researches and mar-
kets services or products it could offer.
Extension Agent and Coordinator Sarah Dahl-Smith, said
the 4-H camp provides a fun learning experience for children,
evident in the large number applicants, all of which cannot be
accommodated. Dahl-Smith is proud of the "solid educational
programs," the camp offers.
On St. Thomas the 4-H Summer Program is held daily at
Addelita Cancryn Junior High School.
Dinner to Honor President Kean
SThe Board of Trust-
ees of the University of
the Virgin Islands and
the Foundation for the
University of the Vir-
gin Islands invite you to
"save the date" Satur-
day, September 28,
2002, for a special trib-
.. ute to Orville Kean,
Ph.D., third president
of the University ofthe
Virgin Islands, in honor
of his retirement.
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messages in a com-
President Orville Kean, Ph. D. memorative booklet
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