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June 8, 2015


MRH Middle School Educator to Set Sail on NOAA Research Cruise

Bill Henske Bill Henske, a science teacher at Maplewood Richmond Heights School District will set sail June 14, 2015 on a research mission to assist NOAA scientists on a multi-mission fisheries and hydrographic survey in the South Atlantic from Key West to South Carolina. Henske was chosen to participate in this cruise as a part of the 2015 class for the NOAA Teacher at Sea Program, a program that bridges science and research through real-world research experiences for teachers.

“My research opportunity with the scientists of the NOAA will bring real world examples and experiences back to our classroom. My students will be able to see how the school work we do with local watersheds and stream quality relates to the work of scientists far off in the ocean, and make exciting connections between the two,” says Henske.

Henske will sail aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, a multi-purpose research ship outfitted to perform habitat characterization studies in our nation's National Marine Sanctuaries and coastal waters, bathymetric surveys, oceanography studies, maritime heritage surveys, and pollution assessments. Henske will depart on Nancy Foster out of Key West, FL and will blog about his experience on the NOAA Teacher at Sea Blog at:*Henske/blogs.

“NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program gives teachers the professional opportunity of a lifetime with the 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.”

The NOAA Teacher at Sea Program, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has provided nearly 700 teachers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience participating in science at sea. Educators chosen to participate in the Teacher at Sea Program are able to enrich their curricula with the depth of understanding they gain working at sea, and working side-by-side with NOAA scientists on cutting-edge research. For more information on this program, visit NOAA Teacher at Sea.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.