Avery Marvin, a science teacher at Taft High School in Lincoln City, Oregon, will sail Monday, July 8 to assist scientists on an 18-day hydrographic survey to chart the ocean floor in the Gulf of Alaska. Marvin will participate in this cruise as part of NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program, which bridges science and education through real-world research experiences.
“Through my experience with NOAA, I look forward to informing and inspiring my students about the wonders, significance and difficulties of authentic maritime science,” says Marvin, “so that they, too, will become appreciative and mindful citizen scientists of the greatest resource in their very backyard: the ocean.”
Marvin boards the NOAA Ship Rainier on July 8th in Kodiak, Alaska, and she will assist scientists daily as they participate in an on-going hydrographic survey of Alaskan waters. NOAA’s Coast Survey use the data collected in these surveys to create the nautical charts necessary for marine navigation. Marvin is writing a blog about her experience, accessible at: http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/2013/marvin.html.
“NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program gives teachers the professional opportunity of a lifetime with a chance to participate in cutting edge science, on the ocean, working side-by-side with world-renowned scientists,” says Jennifer Hammond, the program’s director. “Teachers describe this authentic research experience as transformative and one that allows them to bring new knowledge and excitement back to their classrooms.”
Now in its 23rd year, the program has provided over 650 teachers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience participating in science at sea. This year, NOAA received applications from more than 250 teachers, and chose 25 to participate in research cruises. The educators chosen are able to enrich their curricula with the depth of understanding they gain by living and working side-by-side with scientists studying the marine environment.
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