Katherine Bowen, of Camden Hills Regional High School, joined 15 other Maine high school juniors as they completed a week of experiential learning at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, in East Boothbay, May 24. The students worked side-by-side with Bigelow Laboratory scientists, went on a research cruise, conducted experiments and learned how to analyze and present their results, as part of the 30th annual Keller BLOOM (Bigelow Laboratory Orders Of Magnitude) program.

The five-day spring program provides students with an immersive hands-on experience learning about the physical, biological and chemical characteristics of the local marine environment. Students apply for the program, in which all costs of participation are covered, and 16 are selected from across Maine. The program offers them the opportunity to learn what a scientific career might be like.

The Keller BLOOM program is named in honor of the late Maureen Keller, a Bigelow Laboratory scientist.