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Fowler, R. A., Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, West Boothbay Harbor, USA, rfowler@bigelow.org

LEARNING FROM SCIENTISTS AT SEA: THE GREAT BELT RESEARCH CRUISE AS AN INTERDISCIPLINARY TEACHING TOOL

In early 2011, scientists from seven institutions spent five weeks in the South Atlantic examining phytoplankton in the Great Southern Coccolithophore Belt, an 88 million km2 region in the Southern Ocean with high concentrations of coccolithophores. I joined the NSF-funded “Great Belt” research cruise as an Educator at Sea to connect students and the public with the cruise, focusing on engaging inland and underrepresented minority students. Goals of the project were to increase ocean literacy through exposure to oceanographic fieldwork and provide opportunities for scientists to share their research with new audiences. More than 550 students participated in activities during the expedition, learning about the overall goals of the research, sample collection methods, data processing, hypothesis testing, ecosystems, ocean science careers, life at sea, and engaging in hands-on investigations in their classrooms. Cruise data, daily updates, photos and interviews were shared through a website, blog, photos and direct interactions through email and Skype. This presentation describes the project activities and accomplishments, including ways to evaluate and improve ship-to-school projects in the future.

http://greatbeltresearchcruise.com/

Poster presentation

Session #:102
Date: 2/21/2012
Time: 17:00 - 18:00
Location: Poster/Exhibit Hall

Presentation is given by student: No

PosterID: B0698