During the Extreme 2004 expedition,
middle- and high-school students from across the United
States, Austria, Canada, Iran, Mexico, New Zealand,
the United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan, will be immersed
in marine science through this award-winning educational
program developed by the University of Delaware College
of Marine Studies, with funding from the National Science
Foundation and support from NOAA Sea Grant, WHYY-TV, and
the University of Waikato, New Zealand.
Over 760 classrooms, representing nearly 53,000
students, will learn about deep-sea research through
a printed resource guide, standards-based curricula
and evaluations, and this interactive Web site, which
will allow visitors to examine a 3-D Pompeii worm and
take a virtual tour of the seafloor among other innovative
features. A documentary video also has been provided
to participating classrooms, courtesy of WHYY-TV,
the Public Broadcasting Service affiliate in
Wilmington and Philadelphia.
will have the opportunity to "Write
the Scientists," design an "Extreme
Experiment," and enter their vent
science, poetry, and art projects in our "Virtual
Science Fair." As a special highlight,
48 classrooms will participate in conference calls
with the scientists as they work in the submersible Alvin on
year for the first time, a companion educational program,
using University of Delaware resource materials translated
into German, will be presented in Austria under the leadership
of Extreme 2004 scientist Dr. Monika Bright.
project is about getting students excited about science," says
Dr. Craig Cary, University of Delaware marine biologist
and chief scientist on the expedition. "We want
to introduce them to one of the most fascinating habitats
on the planet and engage them in the thrill of discovery."
out "Daily Discoveries" for
an update of each day's activities from Michael
League, a graduate student
at the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies,
and Karen Romano Young, an author of science articles
and books. As our shipboard education coordinators,
they'll keep you posted on what's happening at sea
with journals, interviews, photos, and videos.
2004 is coordinated by the University of Delaware Marine
Public Education Office. For more information, contact MarineCom@udel.edu.