- Teachers from five states will converge on The University of Southern
Mississippi's Scott Aquarium in Biloxi Wednesday, Oct. 1, to learn
about the latest research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration on strange environments in the Gulf of Mexico.
event is the first of two workshops at the Scott Aquarium that focus
on recent NOAA expeditions to investigate unexplored deepwater habitats
and living organisms of the Gulf of Mexico.
to learning about recent research results directly from scientists,
teachers will experience new grade-level appropriate lesson plans
and activities related to the expeditions. Participants will also
become Ocean Exploration educators.
schools will be designated Ocean Exploration schools, and their
students will be able to interact via the Internet with researchers
aboard NOAA vessels on the different expeditions," Dr. Shelia
Brown said. Brown, scientist and project coordinator for the Center
for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence at the aquarium, is the
first workshop we will be looking at deep continental margin communities,
including cold seeps where cold water rich in gas and oil comes
out slowly from the seafloor. The seeps also release hydrogen sulfide,
a compound toxic to most animal life but essential to the life of
these communities," Brown said. "We will study the geology
as well as the living organisms."
workshop participants - and their students - will also be able to
tour the R/V Ronald H. Brown on Friday, Oct. 3. The 274-foot research
vessel is the largest in the NOAA fleet and is scheduled to be in
port at Gulfport following a cruise to explore deepwater coral habitats
in the gulf.
run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with preregistration to
teachers of grades 5-12. The second workshop is scheduled for Nov.
For more information
or to register, contact Dr. Shelia Brown or Kay Baggett at (228)
374-5550 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The J.L. Scott
Marine Education Center and Aquarium is part of the Gulf Coast Research
Laboratory, a Southern Miss marine research, education and outreach
enterprise in Ocean Springs.