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NOAA Teacher at Sea 2014 – Deadline Extended
The mission of NOAA's Teacher at Sea program is to provide teachers a hands-on, research experience at sea, giving them unique insight into oceanographic, hydrographic, and fisheries research by facilitating partnerships between educators and world-renowned NOAA Scientists.
When: Research expeditions will take place throughout 2014. The average length of journey is 12-14 days.
Where: In the coastal waters off the United States in NOAA research vessels
Who may apply: U.S. as well as non-U.S. citizens
Deadline for Applications: 18 November 2013
Since 1990, NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program has enabled more than 600 teachers to gain first-hand experience of science and life at sea by taking part in research expeditions on ships. To date, several GLOBE teachers have taken part in this program. Read what they have to say about it:
Steve Frantz, GLOBE Teacher, Roswell Kent Middle School, Akron, Ohio
Frantz went to sea for 2 weeks in the summer of 2012 onboard the NOAA research vessel Oregon II.
"The research mission was a bottom longline survey to catch sharks to collect data from, and tag. I became a full member of the team, working with the crew and scientists from NOAA. The ship left from Pascagoula, Mississippi, then sailed through the Gulf of Mexico to begin collecting data, turned south to collect more data and came to port in Florida. Highlights? Seeing a huge black submarine on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Seeing sea turtles and dolphins from the deck. Catching 491 sharks of ten species!
This was an amazing two weeks with an amazing group of dedicated people. Apply! You will not regret for a moment being a Teacher at Sea. It is hard to express exactly how this has had a positive impact on my teaching in the classroom. You can go to the website and read my blog, but to really be out there doing it in person was the best. Being a Teacher at Sea does not end when you get home. There have been many opportunities that I believe never would have been possible if it weren't for being a Teacher at Sea. " - Steve Frantz
Since 2010, NOAA Teachers at Sea have had the opportunity to blog on the NOAA website during their time at sea. Read the blog from Frantz here and find all other teachers' blogs in the Archive on the left side of the page.
Barney Peterson, GLOBE Teacher, Monroe Elementary School, Everett, Washington
Peterson went to sea for 21 days in 2006 onboard the NOAA ship Rainier working with hydrographic mapping in the Aleutian Islands.
"Besides the target experience of learning about using multi beam sonar equipment in hydrographic research I was able to observe first-hand the importance of understanding how Earth's systems interact. It became very clear how solid understanding of weather and climate are critical to life aboard a seagoing vessel. Participating in the routines of shipboard life underlined the importance of good communications and team-working skills. I heartily endorse any teacher taking part in a teacher research experience that can provide such a rich store of new knowledge to share with students. I felt especially prepared to ask questions and understand answers because of my GLOBE teaching and learning experiences. Teacher at Sea would be an excellent way for a GLOBE teacher to extend their knowledge base in authentic situations. " - Barney Peterson
Dr. Teresa Kennedy, Professor, Bilingual/ELL/STEM Education and Executive Director, Office of International Programs, University of Texas at Tyler
Dr. Kennedy went to sea for 3 weeks in the summer of 2001 onboard the NOAA research vessel Ka'imimoana (the Ocean Seeker).
Kennedy was part of a team that conducted research on phytoplankton blooms along the California coast and the effectiveness of a new echosounder, recording digital tracking data of the ocean floor across the Pacific (from San Diego, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii) with scientists from NASA, NOAA and Knudsen Engineering (Canada).
"I learned a great deal about life at sea from spending time with the crew of the Ka'imimoana. I enjoyed gathering research data and especially loved learning how to use an echosounder while simultaneously seeing the live tracking data of the ocean floor. This is a valuable teacher research program that provides opportunities to link to students in the classroom throughout the experience." -Teresa Kennedy
More information about NOAA Teachers at Sea can be found at http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/
News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office