US GEOTRACES participated in the “Float Your Boat” an educational outreach program that provides young people an opportunity to learn about the changing Arctic, marine debris, and maritime careers through participation in a study of Arctic drift patterns, by sending their own toy boats to the Arctic. This project recreates an historic drift cask study conducted at the turn of the last century. Float Your Boat aims to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of their connection with the world’s oceans.
William Schmoker of the Centennial Middle School in Boulder, Colorado, has participated in the US GEOTRACES Arctic cruise as a “Teacher at Sea” sponsored by Polar-Trec (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating). The goal of PolarTREC is to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing K-12 educators and polar researchers together.
Bill Schmoker is an experienced PolarTREC teacher. He has decades of educational experience in and out of the classroom, teaching preschoolers through retirees in formal and informal settings. A widely published bird/wildlife photographer, author, and public speaker, Bill finds adventure and seeks new knowledge wherever he finds himself, whether gardening in his back yard or 800 miles north of Barrow, Alaska in the Arctic Ocean pack ice. As a part of the GEOTRACES team, he will be researching trace elements that are critical for marine life and therefore influence the functioning of ocean ecosystems and the global carbon cycle.
Catherine Jeandel (GEOTRACES IPO senior scientist) and Virginie Sanial (PhD student at LEGOS, France) scientists participants at the French GEOVIDE cruise (GA01) are members of the NGO "Les étoiles brillent pour tous (The Stars Shine for Everybody)" in Toulouse, France. The objective of this NGO is disseminating research in confined environments such as prisons or hospitals but also in rural or inland areas.
In this context, Catherine and Virginie set up a project with the Seysses Prison (Toulouse, France). During 6 months (April-October 2014), they exchanged with prisoners (via their teachers). They did this before the cruise, during the cruise (thanks to a cruise blog accessible here, in French only) and after the cruise. The project ended with a session at the Toulouse Knowledge Festival called, La Novela, in October 2014.
We invite you to view the video below about this project shown during the festival "La Novela" (in French, subtitled in English). NOTE: If subtitles do not display automatically, please place your mouse over the video and click on the following button available on the right-hand of the bottom tools bar.