The ocean as classroom

A few weeks ago, I caught up with Janice McDonnell (Rutgers University) and Jim Yoder (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution). They told me about the connections between ocean science and educational outreach.

McDonnell said, “…we need a new Jacques Cousteau, and I think if we really do want to fill the pipelines with people who want to be scientists, we gotta inspire the kids we work with to be ocean scientists.”



Jim Yoder on a NASA aircraft during a remote sensing mission in the North Atlantic in 1989. Credit: NASA.

Brunswick Acres Elementary School (Kendall Park, NJ) students Alec, Janani, Megha, Nikita, Pritha. Credit: J Benoff.

Teachers deploy underwater gliders during a professional development workshop. Credit: Sage Lichtenwalner.

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The ocean as classroom


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  2. Thank you Janice and Jim for sharing your interests and pathways.

    It would be great to hear from others how they ended up researching the ocean, teaching about the ocean, or just being passionate about the ocean.

    I am looking forward to all the stories – everyone has one!

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