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.