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July 6, 2010
NOAA selected Rebecca Kimport, a high school science teacher at Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., to join scientists aboard the NOAA ship Oscar Dyson as part of its Teacher at Sea program to bridge science and education.
“NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program immerses teachers in hands-on research experiences that give them clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and increased knowledge of environmental literacy,” said Jennifer Hammond, the program’s director. “Participating in real-world research allows teachers to gain experience actually doing science, which makes a significant impact when they bring back their knowledge to their classrooms, teaching students how the oceans affect their lives.”
Kimport boarded the research vessel in Dutch Harbor, Alaska on June 27, and will spend 20 days assisting scientists in a study of pollock, a commercially valuable fish commonly used in fish sticks and patties. She is writing logs that include 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 website at http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov.
Now in its 20th year, the program has provided nearly 600 teachers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience participating in science at sea. This year NOAA received more than 250 applications. They selected 35 individuals to participate. 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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