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Sugarloaf School Marine Science Teacher Spends Days at Sea with NOAA

Key West Teacher Visits Gulf of Alaska Research Cruise


Callie Harris, a marine science teacher at Sugarloaf School, set sail on August 13, 2019 to assist scientists on a 14 day fisheries and oceanographic survey in the Gulf of Alaska. Harris participated in this cruise as part of NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program, which bridges science and education through real-world research experiences.


“Through my experience with NOAA, my students 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,” said Harris before leaving for the excursion. “Making their learning relevant through my own hands-on experiences is vital to getting students excited about science.”


Harris boarded NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson on August 13, 2019 in Kodiak, Alaska, and worked with scientists daily as they conducted a Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigations Survey in the Gulf of Alaska. Harris shared a blog about her experience, accessible at:*Harris/blogs. Photos from her blog are free and available for use by media with proper credit. 


"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,” sayid Jennifer Hammond, the program’s director. “Teachers describe this authentic research experience as transformative and one that allows them to bring new knowledge and excitement back to their classrooms.” 


Now in its 29th year, the program has provided more than 800 teachers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience participating in science at sea. This year, NOAA received applications from nearly 300 teachers, and chose 19 to participate in research cruises. These educators are able to enrich their curricula with the depth of understanding they gain by living and working side-by-side with scientists studying the marine environment. 


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Callie Harris Blog:*Harris/blogs