Students Explore Aquatic Sciences (SEAS) is a volunteer-run outreach program operated by undergraduates, graduate students, and staff in the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and College of the Environment. We aim to increase access to science for underserved students in the Seattle area. Our program provides project-based learning activities, free of charge, for K-12 students, but our lesson offerings are primarily designed to serve middle school students. Explore the outreach services we provide or contact us to learn how to schedule an outreach activity.

UW students, staff, and faculty interested in volunteering for SEAS should visit our Volunteer Resources page.

Funding for our program is provided by the University of Washington College of the Environment and the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

Mission Statement

SEAS seeks to increase access to and promote career options in aquatic and fishery sciences for K-12 students in the Seattle area. We are dedicated to providing students with opportunities to experience the aquatic sciences research done at the University of Washington and encouraging them to envision themselves as future scientists. By providing classroom mini-lessons, activities at science outreach events, and hosting career exploration panels and an open house, we hope to increase student understanding of fundamental scientific principles using local examples, raise awareness of local environmental issues, and connect students to local scientists.

We also aim to build community partnerships with local science and outreach organizations and provide collaborative outreach opportunities for UW students in aquatic science disciplines.

We offer project-based learning on topics in aquatic and fishery sciences, free-of-charge. We attend community outreach events like Discover Science Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium and Science Nights at local schools. We teach classroom mini-lessons, explaining scientific fundamentals using local examples and examples from our own research. We host an annual Open House at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. We facilitate career exploration events, offering folks interested in aquatic and fishery science an opportunity to meet local scientists, learn about their work, ask questions, and hear about their academic/career journey.

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