Monday, November 25, 2013

Thinking Like A Scientist

Our second trip to Pensacola was filled with exciting and hands-on activities!  On Friday, we presented and discussed with students at West Florida High School of Advanced Technology (WFHS) how to think like a scientists and were fortunate enough to be able to bring in a "real" scientist to speak with the students, Dr. Chris Reddy, senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  We also set up an oil degradation experiment and will be excited to see the results of on our next visit.   

The next morning we hit the beaches with Dr. Reddy (and members of his scientific team), and Shawn Walker (our partner teacher at WFHS) to learn the finer points of oil patty collection!

From L to R: The GOO team at Fort Pickens searching for oil paddies; a student at WFHS explains her team's depiction of a scientist; setting up a oil eating microbes experiment; WHOI's Dr. Chris Reddy gives students inside information on what it takes to be a scientist.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Welcome to Project GOO!

The Deep-C Consortium is excited to announce the launch of a new citizen science project connecting high school students and leading scientists in oil spill research. The goal is to train students and others how to be citizen scientists, and then put their new found knowledge into use when they visit the Gulf Beaches and search for oil patties. Collected oil patty samples will be sent  off to the scientific team at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) for analysis. These scientists will be able to identify the source of the oil and use the samples for their ongoing research. In the near future, we will launch an online database with detailed information about all samples  collected by our GOO participants.

The PROJECT GOO Team is working with a pilot group of students at the West Florida High School of Advanced Technology in Pensacola and plan to expand the program statewide. We will be hosting a teacher workshop in June 2014 for educators with an interest in oil spill research and to engage more schools in PROJECT GOO.  Stay tuned for more details... and in the meantime check out this PROJECT GOO Blog.