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Greenon Science Teacher Sets Sail on North Atlantic Research Cruise
Posted on 04/03/2018
Tom Jenkins, an 8th grade science teacher at Greenon Junior/Senior High School, will set sail on April 10 to assist scientists on an 18-day bottom trawl survey. Jenkins will participate in this cruise as part of NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program, which bridges science and education through real-world research experiences.Tom Jenkins, an 8th grade science teacher at Greenon Junior/Senior High School, will set sail on April 10 to assist scientists on an 18-day bottom trawl survey. Jenkins will participate in this cruise as part of NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program, which bridges science and education through real-world research experiences.

“Through my experience with NOAA, my students will not only be able to learn first-hand about exciting research projects at sea, they will be witnesses to them, and on some level, participants in them,“ says Jenkins. “Making their learning relevant through my own hands-on experiences is vital to getting students excited about science.”

Jenkins will board NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow in Newport, Rhode Island, and will work with scientists daily as they conduct an ongoing population survey of bottomfish species like yellowtail flounder and monkfish in the North Atlantic. Jenkins is writing a blog detailing his experience—photos from the blog are free and available for use by media with proper credit.

"NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program gives teachers the professional opportunity of a lifetime with a chance to participate in cutting edge science, on the ocean, working side-by-side with world-renowned scientists,” says Jennifer Hammond, the program’s director. “Teachers describe this authentic research experience as transformative and one that allows them to bring new knowledge and excitement back to their classrooms.”

Now in its 28th year, the program has provided nearly 750 teachers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience participating in science at sea. This year, NOAA received applications from nearly 300 teachers, and chose 35 to participate in research cruises. These educators are able to enrich their curricula with the depth of understanding they gain by living and working side-by-side with scientists studying the marine environment.

“Mr. Jenkins is an outstanding, passionate educator who ignites excitement for science in his students year after year,” said Greenon Superintendent Brad Silvus. “Tom has tirelessly pursued opportunities like the NOAA Teachers at Sea and SOFIA Airborne Ambassador programs to expand his own experiences and knowledge of education and bring those experiences back to his classroom to share with Greenon students.”

Mr. Jenkins is also a Science Laureate with Boeing and The Teaching Channel, a role that allows him to work with educators around the world, lead curriculum design and development teams, and have the opportunity to collaborate with leading engineers and scientists.
In 2014, Mr. Jenkins was one of 24 educators selected to be a SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador. As an ambassador, he spend a week aboard SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infared Astronomy. SOFIA a joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The aircraft is based at the the Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, Calif. NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., manages the program. Ames manages the SOFIA science and mission operations in cooperation with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) in Columbia, Md., and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI) at the University of Stuttgart.


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