URI Inner Space Center sponsoring marine technology, ocean sciences program for teachers
THE MARINE Technology for Teachers and Students Project Teacher Leaders Alex Romano, Cumberland High School; Shannon Donovan, Scituate High School; and William Hurley, Melrose High School, Melrose, Mass., display their newly built remotely operated vehicle during a professional development session at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point.
NARRAGANSETT – Twelve teachers from around the country are participating in a year-long program in marine technology and ocean sciences at the University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center.
Funded by a $1.2 million National Science Foundation award, the Marine Technology for Teachers and Students Project helps teachers and students to explore new technologies in ocean sciences. The Inner Space Center focuses on ocean science research, exploration and education, capturing and disseminating streams of undersea video and data in real time.
Teachers are also studying at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point. Throughout the spring, teachers will build hydrophones, remotely operated vehicles, observational buoys and sensor-based instruments during weekend sessions at UConn.
In July, the teachers, accompanied by teams of their high school students, will participate in a week-long program at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography, using their instruments and taking part virtually in seagoing expeditions.
In the fall, teachers and students will host live interactions between Inner Space Center scientists and middle and high school students. The teacher and student teams will also participate in webinars and science cafes — informal gatherings with scientists giving presentations.
The teachers are: Kathleen Bulger, Stoughton High School, Stoughton, Mass.; Ross Clayton, East Bridgewater Junior/Senior High School, Bridgewater, Mass.; Shannon Donovan, Scituate High School, Scituate, R.I.; William Hurley, Melrose High School, Melrose, Mass.; Marsha Jorgensen, Canton High School, Canton, Conn.; Leah Gawlak-Leach, Suffield High School, West Suffield, Conn.; Zoe Madden, North Haven High School, North Haven, Conn.; Taylor Rock, Rogers High School, Newport, R.I.; Alexandra Romano, Cumberland High School, Cumberland, R.I.; Debra Slade-Redden, New Caney High School, New Caney, Texas; Stacey Strong, Sturgis Charter Public School, East Campus, Hyannis, Mass.; and David Wehunt, Soddy Daisy High School, Soddy Daisy, Tenn.