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Battle at Hatteras: STEAM Marine Science & History

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • 1:30pm - 3:30pm

July 15, 1942 was an unfortunate day for the sailors of three Allied ships and a German U-boat patrolling off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC. Before the day was over, several would be dead, and their vessels sunk or wrecked. Then “battles of a different sort” would begin when nature took over.

Through the lens of this particular marine science scenario students learn the basics of working as part of a multi-disciplinary research team. They will investigate the science of a wreck site — water parameters, currents, biology, sediments, geology, and topography — and learn about the technology used. They will also gain context as they learn about the history, participants, and circumstances of that battle. Critical thinking skills are challenged as students learn how to apply all of that information to evaluate the scientific, ethical, political, and financial questions such a research mission presents. Lastly, through this class, students will learn how to make and support project decisions and gain an understanding of the wide range of professions—both scientific and non-scientific—that are required to make such research projects a success.

Note: Parents do not need to attend the lab with their child but do need to remain in the Museum.

Registration information: Online Registration

For more information contact Missy Chernick, Head of Scheduling, at 919.707.8860.


  • Fee: $15 per participant; $12 Member participant (plus tax)
  • Requirements: Minimum age 13 yrs. Parents do not need to attend the lab with their child but do need to remain in the Museum.
  • Cancellation Notice: Refunds only issued if the Museum cancels the program.
  • Program Instructor: Deb Bailey
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April 17, 2019
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
$15 per participant; $12 Member participant (plus tax)


Micro World Investigate Lab

Nature Research Center
121 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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Missy Chernick