Anne Krauss, a literacy teacher at Cobbles Elementary School in Penfield, set sail Aug. 12 to assist scientists on a 14-day Shark/Red Snapper Longline Survey along the southeastern U.S. coast.
Krauss participated in this cruise as part of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Teacher at Sea program, which bridges science and education through real-world research experiences.
“Strong literacy skills can take you anywhere, even to the depths of the ocean,” said Krauss. “Through my Teacher at Sea experience, I hope to inspire the next generation of ocean stewards, equipping Penfield students with the knowledge, vocabulary, critical thinking and nonfiction reading skills needed to follow their curiosity and be successful.”
Krauss boarded the NOAA Ship Oregon II in Port Canaveral, Florida, and worked with scientists daily as they conducted an ongoing survey of shark and red snapper populations in the southeastern U.S., along the coast from Florida to Mississippi. Krauss wrote a blog detailing her experience.
“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,” said 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.