Mary Cook describes Arkansas, her home state, in this way: “We have lots of rice fields. It’s also the world headquarters for duck hunting, international headquarters for Walmart, we’re number one in chicken production. I think we’re the only state in the union that has a diamond mine.”
Cook is a seventh and eighth grade science teacher at Ahlf Junior High. She says that Arkansas “used to be called the land of opportunity because of all these opportunities: the chickens, the rice, the diamonds. But I think it’s still the land of opportunity.”
Her students think so too. Listen to Mary Cook’s story, and you’ll see why.
Mary Cook onboard the R/V Ronald H. Brown.
8th grader Emily Rollins reads the book that her teacher Mary Cook co-authored about her time at sea. Credit: Mary Cook.
8th grader Brett Bolasco points out one of the sea creatures on display in Mary Cook's science classroom. Credit: Mary Cook.
Science teacher Mary Cook releases a weather balloon during a research cruise as part of NOAA's Teacher at Sea program.
Mary Cook's time on the water was turned into a children's book, filled with science, great prose, and beautiful illustrations.
Bob the student-decorated drifter buoy awaits his deployment.
National Science Education Standards Grade 5 to 8
National Science Education Standards Grade 9 to 12
Ocean Literacy Principles
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