It is with great excitement that we announce our new partnership with NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program!
In 2018, educators participated in each of our three Gulf of Alaska research cruises. Michele Hoffman Trotter, Per Fosstveit, and Mark Van Arsdale filmed creatures, helped with sampling, and developed lesson plans to introduce students to our Alaskan ecosystem. But connecting with teachers and educators who wanted to participate in our cruises has been a little difficult.
Luckily for us, Mr. Van Arsdale joined us via NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program (TAS), which planted the seed of a new opportunity. Our marine education specialist, Marilyn Sigman, shepherded an agreement between NOAA and CFOS-UAF that will allow more teachers to take part in our research via NOAA’s TAS. In 2019, teachers who come on our cruises will get to post blogs on an established website and participate in a network of alumni. More information about NOAA’s program can be found at the TAS FAQ.
For the 2019 field season, educators will apply through NOAA’s TAS Online Application. We are spreading the word to teachers, informal educators, and administrators, particularly emphasizing educators in Southcentral Alaska.
Interested teachers should apply online before November 30, 2018, for the 2019 Teacher at Sea field season (sample application). Both K-12 teachers and informal educators (such as museum docents) are eligible to apply.