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Schnaiter sailing on Groundfish Survey in Gulf of Mexico

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 3rd, 2014

AMBOY – Carol Schnaiter, the science teacher at Amboy Central School, will sail aboard NOAA (National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration) Ship Oregon II on Saturday, June 7. She will assist scientists on a 15-day survey of groundfish in the Gulf of Mexico. Schnaiter will participate in this cruise as part of NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program.

“Through my experience with NOAA, the students at Amboy Central School will not only be able to learn first-hand about exciting research projects at sea, they will be witnesses to them, and on some level, participants in them,” Schnaiter said. “I will use my own hands-on experiences to bring the ocean to the Midwest and get the students excited about science.”

Schnaiter will board NOAA Ship Oregon II on June 7 in Pascagoula, Miss. She will work with scientists daily as they conduct an on-going population survey of groundfish species in the Gulf of Mexico. Schnaiter is writing a blog about her experience, accessible at: http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/2014/schnaiter.html.

“NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program gives teachers the professional opportunity of a lifetime with a chance to participate in cutting edge science, on the ocean, working side-by-side with world-renowned scientists,” said Jennifer Hammond, the program’s director.

Now in its 24th year, the program has provided nearly 700 teachers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience participating in science at sea. This year, NOAA received applications from nearly 200 teachers, and chose 25 to participate in research cruises. The educators chosen are able to enrich their curricula with the depth and understanding they gain by living and working side-by-side with scientists studying the marine environment.

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