NOAA selected Stephen Anderson, the principal at Amerman Elementary School in Northville, MI, to join scientists aboard the 215-foot NOAA Ship Miller Freeman as part of its Teacher at Sea program to bridge science and education.
“The NOAA Teacher at Sea program continues to be a great way to introduce educators to NOAA science in an ‘up close and personal’ way, that helps them bring science alive for their students and people they interact with on a daily basis,” said Jennifer Hammond, the program’s director.
After boarding the ship in Seattle, WA, Anderson spent two weeks assisting scientists with their mission—surveying the populations of Pacific hake off the west coast of the U.S. He wrote logs that included information about important research of the day, life at sea, interviews with scientists, and photos. The logs are posted on NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Web site at http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov.
“I am thrilled to be part of this opportunity that has allowed me to participate in real-world scientific research and to experience life at sea,” Anderson said. “Through NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program, my students will be able to learn first-hand about important research projects and get excited about science and science-related careers.”
Now in its 19th year, the program has provided more than 500 teachers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in science at sea. This year NOAA received more than 170 applications. They selected 30 individuals to participate in cruises. According to Hammond, educators can enrich their curricula with a depth of understanding made possible by living and working side-by-side, day and night, with those who contribute to the world’s body of scientific knowledge.
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