Monday, June 14, 2010
NOAA Teacher at Sea
Have you heard about NOAA's Teacher at Sea? I hadn't heard of it until June 2009. How did I hear about it? That is a question that I am asked a lot about many of the projects that I do for professional growth and for classroom activities.
Spring 2009 I was asked to be on a Science Ohio Graduation Test Rangefinder Committee. Although it involved sitting in a secure room for 2 1/2 days reading sample test answers to design a rubric, I thought it would be fun to meet new people. One such person sitting next to me, Chris M. told me how he liked to travel too and he would prefer not to pay for travel. "How do you find those types of trips?" I asked. Then he told me about Teacher at Sea. I tucked that piece of information away (and on a notepad) to come back to it later.
December 2009 I started working on my Teacher at Sea application. (Deadlines are the end of December so bookmark the website now so you can apply for the 2011 missions!) I had travel plans for summer 2010 with Earth Expeditions, a program through Miami University (I will talk more about that one later) but I thought I would apply for TAS this year so that the following year I may have a better chance.
March 2010 I received notification that I was selected!!!! This is a competitive application process so I put my Earth Expedition trip on hold to participate in the NOAA Teacher at Sea Program.