University professors developed a team-based educational project using satellite images of Deepwater Horizon surface slicks to introduce first-year computer science students to socially-relevant problem solving.
The BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill dumped millions of gallons of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico nearly five years ago, but the effects still linger.
On March 22, a cargo ship collided with a barge carrying approximately 4,000 barrels of bunker fuel oil in Galveston Bay, Texas. An estimated 168,000 gallons spilled into the Houston Ship Channel, prompting officials to shut it down for cleanup. Within days scientists from two research consortia funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) were on site alongside government and industry workers, collecting baseline information to assess impacts.
It was a tall order, but high school students rose to the challenge: they integrated physics, engineering, and scientific curiosity and created functional data-gathering drifters.
Middle and high-school teachers in Florida, USA, recently put their sea legs to the test when they boarded the R/V Weatherbird II to conduct science that matters to their students and communities.
Seeking two highly motivated students for a PhD graduate assistantship at the University of Connecticut (Department of Natural Resources and the Environment) and the University of Southern Mississippi (Department of Coastal Sciences at the Gulf Coast Research Lab).