At the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point in Rye, visitors learn about the science and beauty of marine life and the Gulf of Maine. Myra Sallet is a 13-year-old volunteer who particularly likes working with younger kids who come to explore.
Myra: It's great to see the reactions of all the kids when you show them even the smallest exhibits - they're reactions are humongous. When you tell them about the starfishes and how they can spit their stomach out and eat their food that way, it's amazing to see how they retain that information. The next day they'll come back and say "do you remember the story that you told me?" And they'll recite back the same story word for word. It's great to see how much they're learning here.
When I was a kid and would come to the Seacoast Science Center, my favorite place was the touch tank. It's a bright interactive place where you can see the animals and experience what their habitat is like. My favorite animal is the sea star, because you can flip it over and watch it flip over in your hand. You can look at all the different parts of it, and the differences among them.
If the SSC didn't exist, I would never have known many experiences. It's positively influenced my decisions for the future and helped me decide what I want to do. I never would have thought about marine biology [as a career], or even doing anything with kids.
If you've never been here before, you should definitely think about coming. You can learn so many things; no matter what age you are, you can benefit from this place.