Apply Now To Be A Rhode Island Teacher At Sea (RITAS)

Would joining a oceanographic science team, on a 3 day research cruise collecting the water circulation data of Block Island Sound interest you?  Or, would you be more interested in a month long research expedition studying eddies in the Gulf Stream south of Newfoundland?  These research opportunities and more, are being planned for Spring 2011. All cruises will be aboard the R/V ENDEAVOR and all will be looking for educators to accompany the scientific team.

More information can be found on the OMP website;

Questions? Call Maryann 874-6500  or email;

Follow Teacher’s Blog on Board Research Cruise

Follow teacher Heather Pacheco on her blog she’s keeping for Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution while on the R/V Knorr with Senior Scientist Lloyd Keigwin and his team of scientists. She, along with two fellow Massachusetts teachers, represents the K-12 Outreach Keigwin chose to include for the mandatory “Broader Impacts” component of his federally funded grant through NSF (National Science Foundation).  Heather encourages you to start your thinking about the possibility of connecting with researchers at institutions in your state (or nearby). Read the blog:

Don’t hesitate to ask questions via email or the blog – and send along any suggestions you have for blog topics!
She will be on the ship and blogging from July 10 – August 1, 2010.

Educator Opportunity, RI Teacher at Sea

The University of Rhode Island’s RV ENDEAVOR has space available for educators, of any and all disciplines, who would like to become members of a scientific research team.  The Rhode Island Teacher-At-Sea (RITAS) Program is designed to establish sustainable partnerships between ocean scientists, researchers and teachers who live and teach in Rhode Island. Teachers selected for the RITAS Program will become part of a scientific research team conducting ocean science research during a cruise aboard the RV Endeavor.  As an educational component of the Rhode Island ENDEAVOR Program (RIEP), the RITAS Program is dependent upon the continued support from the State of Rhode Island.

For more complete information and to download an application please visit the OMP website.

NOAA Teacher at Sea Program

Have you ever thought about shipping out to sea? This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association program will begin accepting applications on October 1 from K–12 teachers for the 2010 field season. The program provides a unique environment for learning and teaching by sending kindergarten through college teachers to sea aboard NOAA research and survey ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew. Then, armed with new understanding and experience, teachers bring this knowledge back to their classrooms. Most participants try to sail on cruises offered during the summer, but cruises take place throughout most of the year on a space-available basis. Find out more

Follow a Teacher’s Expedition to the Bering Sea

Tom Harten, a teacher with the CHESPAX environmental education program of the Calvert County Public Schools in Maryland, will travel to the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea as part of the PolarTREC program, a project that partners teachers with scientists conducting polar research in both the arctic and in Antarctica. Starting on July 15, Harten’s month-long project will investigate the impact of climate change on seabirds nesting on these remote islands. He will post journal entries from the field as video and audio podcasts and answer questions from students and teachers.