Young People in STEM

Participants on Inland Seas Education Association’s Young Men in STEM and Young Women in STEM programs become scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and crew-members aboard the schooner Inland Seas.

This is a three-day research-based program for high school students who have a strong interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). On each trip 10 participants eat, sleep, and work aboard the schooner while deeply exploring the functioning and health of the Great Lakes.

Participants determine the thermal structure of the lake, and collect fish, plankton, water, and lake sediment for analysis. They also record daily weather observations and report them to NOAA. With this foundation in Great Lakes limnology research, participants collaborate to design and complete a research project on invasive species or other topics of interest. New this year! Use a professional ROV to assist with collecting data for your research project. At the end of the trip, groups present their research to family members, peers, and the general public who have gathered at the dock.

Shipboard life and the demands of sailing a traditionally rigged vessel are also important components of this experience! Students learn boating safety, navigation, and sail handling. They assist the crew with all aspects of vessel operation, including hoisting and handling sails, plotting and steering a course, helping in the galley, and standing watch. The shipboard experience builds personal leadership and cooperative teamwork skills.

The Young People in STEM program is truly a life-changing experience for the young people who attend. This three-day sailing and research adventure opens their eyes to the realities of a career in the freshwater and STEM fields and forms our future scientists, mathematicians, designers, and engineers. Something magical happens when a student sits anchor watch aboard a 77′ traditional sailing vessel offshore of one of the beautiful islands around northern Michigan. Inland Seas believes the magic occurring aboard our ship today will inspire the solutions needed for protecting and preserving our Great Lakes in the future.

Registration open soon!


3-days, 2-nights. $300. Cost includes meals, lodging, group gear, training in research and sailing, and qualified staff. Programs begin at approximately 9AM, and conclude at 4PM.

2020 Scheduleyoung man with plankton trap

Schedule coming soon! Check back in early 2020!

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