Each year, AOML scientists have the opportunity to bring their children to work, where they are taught about different aspects of the research being performed within the three divisions of AOML. This year, the children partook in lessons and activities in the subjects of buoyancy, density,  ocean currents and circulation, marine debris, ecosystem based management, and ocean observations.

  • Following a buoyancy lesson, the kids were tasked with building their own buoy. The winning buoy held more than 33 golf balls! Image credit: NOAA
  • The kids observe different specimens from Florida Bay in a lesson on ecosystem based management. Image credit: NOAA
  • In a lesson about ocean circulation and currents, kids observe that cold water is more dense, and therefore sinks. Image credit: NOAA
  • A group photo of AOML
  • Each child received a laser-cut name tag. Image credit: NOAA
  • For the first time, the kids were shown the advanced manufacturing lab, where scientists use the laser cutter and 3D printer to customize their lab equipment. Image credit: NOAA

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  1. Following a buoyancy lesson, the kids were tasked with building their own buoy. The winning buoy held more than 33 golf balls! Image credit: NOAA
  2. The kids observe different specimens from Florida Bay in a lesson on ecosystem based management. Image credit: NOAA
  3. In a lesson about ocean circulation and currents, kids observe that cold water is more dense, and therefore sinks. Image credit: NOAA
  4. A group photo of AOML’s enthusiastic younger generation. Image credit: NOAA
  5. Each child received a laser-cut name tag. Image credit: NOAA
  6. For the first time, the kids were shown the advanced manufacturing lab, where scientists use the laser cutter and 3D printer to customize their lab equipment. Image credit: NOAA