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Teachers join UGA Skidaway Institute research cruises

A Frischer lab cruise on board the R/V Savannah to hunt and collect doliolids had a pair of extra passengers in May. Two K-12 teachers joined the cruise. JoCasta Green is a pre-K teacher from Decatur, Ga., and Vicki Albritton is a middle school teacher at the STEM Academy here in Savannah. The two  were the second group of teachers to join a cruise this year, as part of a cooperative program between UGA Skidaway Institute and Georgia Southern University’s Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education (i2STEM). The goal of the i2STEM  program is to improve the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at all levels from kindergarten through college throughout coastal Georgia.

“I was hoping to see science in action, and I did that all day long,” Albritton said. “I got to participate and learn what was going on and to take many pictures. Now I have a wealth of information to take back to the classroom.”

(l-r) Mike Sullivan, Aurea Rodriguezsanti (Hampton Univ), Natalia Lopez Figueroa (Hampton Univ), Lauren Lamboley, Vicki Albritton, Nick Castellane, JoCasta Green, Marc Frischer, Tina Walters

(l-r) Mike Sullivan, Aurea Rodriguezsanti (Hampton Univ), Natalia Lopez Figueroa (Hampton Univ), Lauren Lamboley, Vicki Albritton, Nick Castellane, JoCasta Green, Marc Frischer, Tina Walters

Albritton says an experience like the cruise raises teachers’ credibility in the classroom, because the students see the teachers going out to learn more themselves. “If I want them to be perpetual learners, then I need to demonstrate that same trait,” she said.

Although Green admitted she was nervous about the cruise initially, she credited the scientists with making her comfortable. “They were great teachers,” she said. “I understood what we were doing and why we were doing it.”

The partnership between UGA Skidaway Institute and i2STEM is expected to grow. Five additional doliolid cruises are scheduled this year with space available for as many as four teachers on each cruise. UGA Skidaway Institute will also offer two half-day cruises this month as part of i2STEM’s summer professional development workshop for teachers.

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Gray’s Reef sponsors MATE ROV Competition

 

Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary will once again host the Southeast Regional MATE ROV Competition on Saturday, April 30, at the Chatham County Aquatics Center.

Gray’s Reef competition winners from Carrollton High School at MATE 2014 Internationals held at Thunder Bay NMS.

Gray’s Reef competition winners from Carrollton High School at MATE 2014 Internationals held at Thunder Bay NMS.

Gray’s Reef is partnering with the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE) to offer underwater robotics as a vehicle to apply STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) education and to prepare students for technical careers. MATE competitions are based on real-life exploration, rescue and research missions that occur throughout the global ocean and specifically in NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary System.

The event in Savannah will include teams of students ranging from K-12 through college from throughout the region.

Event organizer Jody Patterson is looking for an “army of volunteers” to help out on April 30. If interested or need additional information, contact Jody at 598-2431 or jody.patterson@noaa.gov.

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.

MAREX Update

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADodie Sanders presented at the Annual Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia Conference on Friday, March 28th at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. The one hour presentation, “Project SORT: Using Marine Debris Surveys to Engage, Educate and Encourage Environmental Stewardship”, allowed 20 educators to learn about programs that effectively engage and educate the public about estuaries and the ocean and the impacts that marine debris can have on these systems. Participants learned how to set up a marine debris survey site in their community and discovered how marine debris shoreline surveys can serve as a tool to educate citizens on current global issues.

Angela Bliss 1 wAngela Bliss was an invited presenter for the third year at the third annual STEMposium held at Ft. Stewart on April 4th. She taught over more than 120 firsts and fifth graders about buoys’ construction and the nature of science while engaging them in STEM based disciplines. Students created buoyant structures and tested its maximum payload capacity.

Angela was also invited to assist the Fowler Drive Science Club students drive in Athens, GA and present a program to their ROVes (remotely operated vehicles for elementary students) on April 8th at the school’s science night. Ten of the students were able to present their work that night reaching more than 150 parents, students (elementary through high), and school staff and personnel.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIntern Nick DeProspero participated in STEM Academy’s Georgia STEM Day in Savannah. Nick educated 531 middle school students on the numerous different job options that are associated with the marine sciences in relation to how they were directly associated with science, technology, engineering and math.