CSCR Fall Opportunities:

Questions: contact Susan Bryant

Research Portfolio and Presentation Workshops for high school students : These workshops are open to two groups of students- those students who conducted research during the summer and new high school students who want to get involved with CSCR. These workshop sessions provide the time and space our Varsity Research students need to organize team data, create charts and graphs, describe and visualize data, create photo essays, edit film, build a portfolio, and prepare to present team findings at CSCR’s State of the Harbor community forum. These workshops allow students to transform a cool summer experience at CSCR into products that impress Science Department Chairs, Guidance Counselors, school Principals, College Admissions officers, scholarship committees, college professors, and even future employers. These sessions are also a great time for new students to learn about CSCR and earn service hours by diving right into project work with Varsity Research peers. There is no fee for Varsity Research students. New students who decide to participate on a regular basis are asked to contribute a modest fee of $125. See the Session Reservation link emailed to you, or contact sbryant@ccscr.org. Register

Bassings Research: This is a continuation of vegetation and topography studies of Bassing Beach Island. This on-going research is focused on the advances and retreats of vegetation lines, types of vegetation, the densities of Ammophila (Dune Grass) coverage, and changing tidelines, salt marshes, and the overwash. These sessions will include additional data collection missions as well as computer work comparing current findings with findings from previous years. Creating presentable maps and items for student portfolios is also a goal of these sessions. New students ($325 course fee or $32.50/session) welcomed. Generally meets Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm. Register

High School Eco-Oceanography: Dive right into hands-on research activities with CSCR. These eco-oceanography sessions will engage students in a variety of research projects underway at CSCR and introduce students to the many local issues with global connections studied at CSCR. This active, outdoor, experiential learning program will immerse students in the many ecosystems in our watershed and within our reach via hikes, paddles, and boat trips. These sessions meet Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 are designed to not only enrich student knowledge and equip students with new skills and competencies, they are designed to provide students with the joy of outdoor exploration. Course fee is $325. Space is limited to 10 students. Register

Low Tide Expeditions and Information gathering: Document the current status of Cohasset’s eelgrass beds, and compare to previous year’s findings. Survey seaweed, shellfish and tidelines. Scheduled around the tide and open to all ages, sessions $32.50 each for those not already enrolled as varsity researchers. Register

Independent Study for Asynchronous Students: Given that COVID has created many more iterations of middle school and high school learning, we know that some students are pursuing learning paths that provide them with flexible schedules. For those students, CSCR can suggest projects for students to pursue. We can also start with student ideas to develop a working research plan. The fee requested to support this opportunity is $325, or $540, depending on the details of the independent project to be pursued. Please email us to begin the conversation.

Middle School Program: Join Susan Bryant and a fun group of middle school students as we explore Cohasset Harbor, Scituate salt-marshes, harbor currents, shellfish, and seaweed and look for ways to bolster coastal resilience. Students may take their enthusiasm for tech and apply it to making maps, videos and presentations of their work documenting observations and collecting data with tools such as surface current drifters, Canway GPS “pingers,” and GoPro cameras. Both new and experienced students are welcome. Generally meets Tuesdays 3:30-5:30. The fee requested to support this opportunity is $325. Register


Interesting Futures — career spotlights program: Hear from professionals who love their work about their jobs/volunteer work and career paths. What are interesting roles in the world for people interested in the UN Sustainable Development Goals? What are these jobs like? How might one get there? What classes should I take? Ask questions by zoom (if connection works) or in person. This is a free evening program open to all students and young professionals. Please sign up for our newsletter to be alerted.

Morning and Early afternoon Opportunities:

Aesthetic Eco-Expeditions for Adults: Reward yourself with a trip with CSCR’s Susan Bryant to some of Cohasset’s most beautiful Coh-“assets” by signing up for an eco-expedition, and get a taste of the research that CSCR students have been conducting. $20 per session. Mondays 1:00-3:00. Email sbryant@ccscr.org if interested.

Harbor Bacteria: Given the rains and high bacteria counts of summer, this project continues bacteria monitoring in Cohasset Harbor. Participants learn bacteria monitoring protocols for field and lab work. The project goal is to not only collect bacteria counts throughout the fall, but to determine how long into the fall bacteria persist in Cohasset Harbor. Tuesday meetings involve active work in the harbor and lab. Wednesday is a shorter day dedicated to data work only. This field and lab course fee is $540. Register


Harbor Water Quality: This project is a companion project to Harbor Bacteria, but focuses on using hand-held instruments to collect essential water quality data in Cohasset Harbor: pH, salinity, temperature and dissolved oxygen. This project also involves active field work each Thursday. Course fee is $325. Register


UN SDG’s in our Watershed: The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals outline “an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership” aimed to (among others) “end poverty and hunger, improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur sustainable economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.” This project examines our local watershed in the context of the UN SDGs in order to make manifest global crises in what appears to be a bubble of affluence. Participants will be taught how to use computer mapping tools (Geographic Information Systems) to examine local water and land issues that highlight global issues in our own backyards. Examination of pressing water and land issues will also include related analyses of socio-economic and demographic characteristics within our local watershed areas. Course fee is $325. This course will begin later in the year. Register

Mapping CSCR Data: This project is a companion project to the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) tools taught in the UN SDG project. Mapping CSCR data is geared for those participants who want to dive deeper into learning GIS skills in order to create mapping products that inform the public about the data collected by students this past summer. Course fee is $325. This course will begin later in the year. Register