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Teachers Learn that Data Collection can be Tough and Dirty Work

Teachers Learn that Data Collection can be Tough and Dirty Work

August 8, 2013

This summer, teachers learned how difficult field research can be for scientists.  As participants of the Ship Time & Shoreline workshop, teachers were given the opportunity to get out and do field work.  Ship Time & Shoreline was a week-long workshop focused on research methods being used by Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) scientists who are investigating the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  A majority of each day was spent out in the field with scientists, learning about the coastal environments and organisms threatened by oil spills that occur on or near the Louisiana coast.

“One of the goals of this workshop was to help teachers understand the techniques used by scientists.  If they understand the method they are able to better understand the data” says Murt Conover, Senior Marine Educator.  Conover said, “I think that the teachers also learned that field work is hard work.  It is not always blue skies and calm breezes.  These teachers had to contend with all kinds of conditions including sticky mud, rain, biting insects, heat, and rough seas.  They were real troopers.  I’m proud of them and the work they got done!”

One teacher commented, “I’m going home with great knowledge and the means to repeat what I have learned.  It will be great to teach students the techniques after having done them myself.”  Another added, “Doing field work made me think beyond one issue or process.  I got a better sense of the big picture and how things are all connected.  One event has many effects from microbes to whales.”

To see pictures form the 2013 Ship Time & Shoreline workshop visit http://gallery.cwc.lumcon.edu/index.php/?page=3