Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bechtel Supports STEM Education Through Ocean Exploration Program

In support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, Bechtel is sponsoring nine teachers and five students participating in a pair of 2012 Ocean Exploration Trust programs that promote STEM education to a global audience.

The Educator-at-Sea Program and the Honors Research Program combine classroom learning with ocean exploration and provide students with an opportunity to learn more about careers that incorporate STEM.

"The mission of the trust is to inspire the next generation of explorers,” says Robert Ballard, president of Ocean Exploration Trust. “Our partnership with Bechtel supports our mutual goal of strengthening the STEM pipeline through educational and research programs."

This year, teachers and students in the programs attend the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography for several weeks, where they work with scientists and engineers to learn about oceanography and the scientific research process. After completing an onshore research project, they board the exploration vessel E/V Nautilus to study the geology, biology, archeology and chemistry of the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. Bechtel engineer Zenhar Marolia will participate in a portion of the at-sea expedition to share his experiences as a civil engineer with the teachers and students. Following the expedition, the teachers will develop lessons plans and classroom activities based on their firsthand experience at sea.