woods hole science stroll
science stroll
science stroll

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in science demos, hands-on activities, and crafts for kids.


with people from 15 organizations and the discoveries they are making


science on the streets of Woods Hole and get up-close views of oceanographic robots & instruments

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Saturday, August 10, 2019 • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Water Street, Woods Hole, MA

Some of the activities happening during the stroll

Falmouth Water Stewards

The theme of Falmouth Water Stewards activities for this year’s Science Stroll will be “Know your Water Cycle” with quizzes and games for all ages to test their knowledge on the water cycle and introduce the newly installed Wood Hole Water Refill Reuse Station and the plans for more installations around Falmouth.  We will have give-aways and prizes that focus on the importance of water.

NOAA Fisheries

Research on whales and sea turtles, fish biology, water chemistry and plankton, wind and solar-powered ocean-going miniboats, and cooperative research programs with the fishing industry will be among many exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities offered at NOAA Fisheries Woods Hole Laboratory. The 72-foot research vessel Gloria Michelle will be open for visitors at the dock. Our Woods Hole Science Aquarium, featuring about 100 species of marine animals and a touch tank, will also be open for this event, with a life-size inflatable humpback whale on display nearby (weather permitting). 

Sea Education Association | SEA Semester

Learn about marine and nautical science: identify cool critters, examine rock from a newly formed volcanic island recently explored by SEA Semester students and NASA scientists, discover plastic marine debris, and learn to tie some good knots. Pick up a SEA Semester coloring book too!

United States Coast Guard (USCG)

Tour the USCG 29-foot response boat & watch a search and rescue demonstration at noon* with a USCG helicopter and rescue swimmer; plus various other displays from Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England including recruitment, Auxillary, and Sector. *Availability of activities is subject to change based on USCG operations.

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

  • Drone demo
  • Instrumentation show and tell
  • A monitor showing model simulations of water levels during Hurricane Sandy (will need access to a power outlet)
  • Booth with handouts and general information
  • Telepresence from the Cape Cod survey happening at sea


  • Science Stroll Bingo – we will have bingo cards with landmarks and booths to visit at the stroll. Kids who turn in their Bingo Cards will get a pair of WCAI sunglasses.
  • Living Lab Radio will be interview kids – “What did you learn today” “Do you have a question for a Scientist”
  • We will be doing a demo on the science of sound.

Woods Hole Film Festival (WHFF)

WHFF will be showing the documentary film “KIDS DAY: Ocean Quest XPRIZE Competition” at 10 a.m., and again at 1 p.m., in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water Street, Woods Hole, Mass. For the first time ever, a team made up of junior high and high school students advanced to the semi-finals of the international Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition to map the ocean floor. Follow the incredible underdog story as a group of unlikely students overcome historic odds to do what no one thought possible and earn the chance showcase their solution in a live ocean test in front of XPRIZE judges.

Woods Hole Historical Museum (WHHM)

Check out reprints of historical photographs that show the long history of science in Woods Hole. Special activities for children include learning to tie knots and to read signal flags. Read about Rachel Carson in Woods Hole and check out reprints of historical photographs that show the long history of science in Woods Hole. Special activities for children include learning to tie knots and to read signal flags.

Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership (WHSTEP)

WHSTEP’s display at the science stroll will be themed around pollinator plants. We’re planning to have an activity for families to decorate pea pots that they will plant a pollinator plant in and take home. While families are there we’ll be discussing WHSTEP as well as the importance of bees and pollinator plants.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

  • Learn how scientists and engineers conduct advanced research in some of the most difficult conditions on Earth.
  • See some of the most advanced ocean robots in the world, including gliders and autonomous robots.
  • See the REMUS SharkCam and TurtleCam, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) equipped with video cameras and navigational and scientific instrumentation that enable it to locate, track, and film tagged marine animals, such as a great white shark and leatherback turtle.
  • Learn about climate change, marine debris, and ocean exploration.
  • Make your own Science Stroll souvenirs at the kids’ activities table.
  • Learn more about the Ocean Twilight Zone and WHOI research there.
  • Create your own “step” quake and learn how researchers measure earth quakes underwater.

Zephyr Marine Center

Hands-on activities for families including marine specimen touch tank and our Augmented Reality Topographic Modeling System Other displays include plankton microscope and net, oceanographic data buoy, deep water sampler, bottom grab sampler and a naturalist dredge. Learn how to cleat a line, tie a bowline knot and view taped underwater video of the seafloor of local waters.