May 5, 2014
Contact: Shelley Dawicki
NOAA Teachers at Sea Aboard the Henry B. Bigelow, Gordon Gunter
Teachers from New Hampshire and Ohio joined NEFSC cruises aboard NOAA ships in April and May as part of the NOAA Teacher at Sea (TAS) program, and several other teachers will be joining cruises on these ships later this spring and summer.
The TAS program, established in 1990, provides teachers from kindergarten through college with real-world, hands-on research experience at sea by working with NOAA scientists and ship’s crew on a variety of research missions.
The teachers document their time at sea through blogs, photos, and other information about their at-sea research work, including personal stories about the experience. Many of the trips occur during the school year, enabling students to follow their teacher’s journey and participate in the research as it happens.
Kim Gogan, a biology and earth science teacher at Newport Middle and High School in Newport, N.H., was aboard the NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter April 7- April 29 during Leg II of the Atlantic Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (AMAPPS) and Turtle Abundance Survey.
Ohio teacher Christopher Henricksen is a member of the science party aboard the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow May 5-16 on Leg III of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC)’s spring bottom trawl survey. Henricksen teaches science and history at the Mark Twain Elementary School in Westerville, Ohio.
This summer, middle school teacher Janelle Harrier-Wilson from the Lanier Middle School in Sugar Hill, Georgia, will join a NEFSC research cruise, and other teachers will join cruises later in the year.
In 2013, eight teachers from around the country joined NEFSC cruises aboard NOAA ships Bigelow and Gordon Gunter and the research vessel Hugh Sharp:
Angela Green teaches science at Tecumseh Middle School in New Carlise, Ohio. She was aboard the Gordon Gunter April 29-May 11, 2013 for the Northern Right Whale Survey.
Melanie Lyte worked with the scientific crew on the Gordon Gunter May 20-31, 2013 on leg II of the Northern Right Whale Survey. She teaches all subjects at East Greenbush Central Schools in Troy, NY.
Sue Cullumber, a science teacher at the Howard Gray School in Scottsdale, Arizona, participated in the Ecosystems Monitoring Survey (EcoMon) on the Gordon Gunter June 5-24, 2013.
Beverly Owens teaches science at Crest Middle School in Shelby, North Carolina. She was aboard the Henry Bigelow June 10-24, 2013 for the deep-sea corals and benthic habitat cruise that explored deepwater canyons off the northeast U.S. coast.
Eric Velarde teaches 9-12th grade honors earth/environmental science, honors biology, and physical science at The Early/Middle College at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was aboard the Hugh Sharp June 13-24, 2013 on Leg 1 of the NEFSC sea scallop survey.
During June 26-July 7, 2013, Sheri Gee worked aboard the Hugh Sharp on Leg II of the 2013 NEFSC sea scallop survey. She teaches aquatic science and AP environmental science at John Paul Stevens High School in San Antonio, Texas.
Virginia Warren teaches physical science, life science, and social studies at Breitling Elementary School in Grand Bay, Alabama. She joined the R/V Hugh Sharp July 9-19, 2013, for the final leg of the 2013 NEFSC sea scallop survey.
John Clark joined the Henry B. Bigelow in September 2013 for a leg of the NEFSC autumn bottom trawl. Clark teaches physics and chemistry at Deltona High School in Deltona, Florida.
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