Send a Letter Across the Atlantic Ocean
March 19, 2009 in NOW News
This spring, scientists and students from Rutgers University will send an underwater robotic glider on a mission to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The 3,300 mile voyage will take at least six months for the slow-moving low-energy glider to make it across.
And now your classrooms can be a part of this historic mission!
To get involved, all they have to do is write a letter to the other side of the Atlantic. We’ll put all the classroom letters we collect in the next few weeks inside the glider. (Technically, we’ll put them on a thumb drive, so we’re asking for scanned or faxed letters from teachers.) We’ll also post all the letters we get on the mission web site. And if the glider makes it across, we’ll send copies of the letters back to the classrooms they came from, postmarked from the glider’s destination.
As the glider embarks on its journey, we hope you’ll invite your students to follow along. If they have a letter in the glider, they’ll become vested in checking out the ocean conditions around the glider as it flies through oceanic storms and remora infested waters.
We encourage you to use this exciting opportunity to engage your students in the excitement of ocean exploration.