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Savannah Science Seminar @ Skidaway

A group of approximately 35 local high school students visited UGA Skidaway Institute on the evening of Monday, March 27, to get a close-up look at some Skidaway research. The students were participants in the Savannah Science Seminar, a nine-month-long program designed to promote an understanding and appreciation for science through informative, participatory presentations and hands-on workshops in the fields of engineering, technology, mathematics and the medical practices.

Julia Diaz organized the evening’s program. After an introductory talk by Jim Sanders, the students were split into three groups that rotated among three science stations.

Catherine Edwards explained the workings of autonomous underwater vehicles.

Patrick Duffy and Sean Anderson demonstrated the workings of the new LIME imaging lab.

Julia Diaz and Sydney Plummer discussed eutrophication and phytoplankton blooms.

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Students get excited about underwater robots in the Savannah Science Seminar

by Amy Rath

Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary uses underwater robots (remotely operated vehicles or ROVs) to remotely observe the natural resources found within the sanctuary and surrounding areas, and as a way to get middle school, high school and college students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Students working in teams to design remotely operated vehicles(ROVs) during the Savannah Science Seminar.

Students working in teams to design remotely operated vehicles(ROVs) during the Savannah Science Seminar.

Jody Patterson, Volunteer Coordinator for Gray’s Reef, is also the Southeast Regional Coordinator for the MATE ROV Competition in Savannah, Ga. She is worked with 36 students from secondary high schools in Chatham County as part of the Savannah Science Seminar through January 21st. The focus of this sanctuary program and workshop was to develop stewardship for our ocean and marine habitats by engaging and inspiring students and educators with ocean observing technologies.