Teachers learn about marine debris in Project SORT workshop

The University of Georgia Marine Extension hosted a four-day regional marine debris workshop for 16 educators from North and South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Presentations and field experiences were provided by Jay Brandes and Dick Lee from the Skidaway Institute. Jenna Jambeck from the University of Georgia provided training on the Marine Debris Tracker app and its applications to field research. Education staff from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center provided classroom activities.

MAREX's Dodie Sanders brief's the workshop teachers during a field trip to Tybee Island.

MAREX’s Dodie Sanders brief’s the workshop teachers during a field trip to Tybee Island.

The teachers were provided informative sessions on current research and related topics on marine debris, such as types, sources, movements and micro plastics, and current marine debris research applicable to the South Atlantic Bight region. Working closely with the scientists, the educators had an opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of marine debris topics for future use in the classroom.

The workshop generated news coverage from the Savannah Morning News, WTOC-TV  and WSAV-TV.

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