“Scientists in the Schools” Program

Deep-C Researcher Arvind Shanthram explains plankton’s important place in the ocean food chain during a classroom visit. Photo Credit: Meredith Field

Deep-C Researcher Arvind Shanthram explains plankton’s important place in the ocean food chain during a classroom visit. Photo Credit: Meredith Field

The Deep-C Consortium has implemented an innovative program, modeled after a successful initiative at Vanderbilt University, that connects middle school students with Deep-C research scientists.

In partnership with local middle school science teachers, a series of three classroom visits are led by Deep-C scientists. The visits focus on providing students with insight into the issues being faced in the Gulf of Mexico and the research that is being conducted to shed light on the long term effects of the 2010 oil spill. Each visit is concluded with a hands-on activity that allows the students to make connections with the concepts that are explored.

Four middle schools in the Florida panhandle participated this year and were visited during Spring 2013. The program provided a great experience for the students and researchers alike!

For more information or to schedule a visit for your classroom contact ocean science educator Amelia Vaughan .

http://deep-c.org/education-and-outreach/for-educators/scientists-in-the-schools-program