Ocean River Science Savvy Wednesdays in Harvard Square

Ocean River Science Savvy Wednesdays in Harvard Square!

The Harvard Square Business Association in partnership with Ocean River Institute is pleased to announce Ocean River Science Wednesday. 

Join us every Wednesday, from May 23rd to August 15th from 2pm – 4pm by the historic Out of Town News Kiosk for a fun and informative series of science projects for all ages! 

Ocean River Institute will help you discover ocean motions and the stirrings of our watery planet.

  • Why do surface currents in the Northern Hemisphere, including the Gulf Stream, flow clockwise, while the water gyre in the Gulf of Maine moves counter-clockwise? Yet, both move with centrifugal motion? 
  • Why are Kelvin Waves contrarian, going the other way around? 
  • Why is water density more important than water temperature? 
  • What happens when Climate Change pushes more energy into our oceans? 
  • Why are Gulf of Maine surface waters cooling faster in winter and warming in summer? 
  • What’s a slippery sea?
  • Why are Plimsoll lines on the sides of ships? 

Bring your own number 2 pencil with a tack or pushpin to create ballasts and make water marks to identify river, estuary and ocean waters.  Inquisitive minds are encouraged to come by and make marine life connections with the Ocean River Institute!

  • May 23
  • May 30
  • June 6
  • June 13
  • June 20
  • June 27
  • July 4
  • July 11
  • July 18
  • July 25
  • August 1
  • August 8
  • August 15

The Ocean River Institute is dedicated to helping individuals and grassroots groups make a difference where they live and work through education, environmental stewardship, and advocacy to protect ecosystems.

Instead of thinking globally and acting locally, ORI first listens locally (research). They act locally, and by doing so in concert with others, they become global in their ability to effect positive changes.  ORI believes that people can best address environmental issues by first acting in their own communities. Join them and take action to:

  • Stop nitrogen, the number one pollutant of ocean
  • Further ocean ecosystems-based management
  • Better manage and conserve our groundwater use for healthy cold-stream rivers and more fish
  • Advance national blue-green legislation

Visit oceanriver.org/action.php to learn more about their campaigns and take action for healthy ecosystems!