Kendra Clifton-Pew from Friday Harbor High School has been selected as a 2016 Honors Research Program Student and will sail aboard exploration vessel Nautilus during its 2016 expedition. Clifton-Pew will join the Corps of Exploration aboard E/V Nautilus in August as they explore the California Margin, a broad area that fits entirely within the US Exclusive Economic Zone but that still remains largely unexplored. The margin region is criss-crossed by seismically active faults, although how often these may be rupturing is subject to much debate. Much of our understanding of the California margin is based on shipboard surveys, remote sensing, and circumstantial evidence, with very little deep submergence exploration.
Seventeen educators and 22 students from around the world have been selected from a competitive pool of applicants by the Ocean Exploration Trust to participate at sea during the 2016 Nautilus Exploration Program expedition. OET, a nonprofit founded by Dr. Robert Ballard in 2008, has the mission to explore the ocean, seeking out new discoveries in the fields of geology, biology, maritime history, archaeology, physics and chemistry while pushing the boundaries of STEM education and technological innovation. The selected educators and students hail from schools, universities, after-school programs, science centers, aquaria and non-profit organizations in twenty states in the US and Australia. They will join the Nautilus Corps of Exploration during sea-going expeditions from May through September in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
"Having lived most of my life on an island," said Clifton-Pew. "I am excited to join the Nautilus crew to further my knowledge of oceanography and then apply what I learn to make an impact in the world around me."
As members of the Corps of Exploration, educators and students will stand watch alongside scientists and engineers, as well as participate in live interactions with shore-based audiences via Nautilus Live, a 24-hour web portal bringing expeditions from the field to future explorers on shore via telepresence technology at www.nautiluslive.org and via social media.
OET promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics education around the world using the excitement of exploration and innovation to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. In 2014, OET began targeting its suite of education and outreach programs to specific communities through an exciting new initiative, the Community STEM Program. The CSP allows partner communities to engage community members in all of the educational programs OET offers, which are designed to guide young students to early career professionals and educators through a series of programs focused on STEM fields and vocations, increasing the impact the programs can have in any individual location. OET's focus on the CSP represents a new approach that forges relationships across community partners with the common goal of increasing STEM literacy and proficiency.
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