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OUTREACH:NOAA launches partnership with Johns Hopkins' Center for Talented Youth

Published November 2012

CTY event at Johns Hopkins
Parents and students learn about NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) through the "Build-A-Buoy" hands-on activity and interactive lesson.

Students enrolled in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth CTY) gifted program have the opportunity to attend programs hosted by CTY that focus on various academic areas of interest. The recent program at NOAA's Silver Spring headquarters campus was offered as part of the Fall Science & Technology series of Family Academic Programs for students in grades 7 through 10 and their families.

Traveling from the DC metro area and six surrounding states, over 40 families attended the event and filled registration to capacity. The day program offered families a variety of hands-on experiences and presentations that highlighted the diversity of scientific fields in which NOAA specializes.

The day kicked off with a keynote address via video tele-presence from Dr. Katy Croff Bell, Chief Scientist for the E/V Nautilus Exploration Program, Dr. Michael Brennan, Archaeological Oceanographer at the University of Rhode Island, and Dr. Bob Ballard, Professor of Oceanography, renowned ocean explorer, and mentor to both Bell and Brennan. The trio described several of their current research projects and stressed the importance of science education in developing the skills necessary to be successful in their work exploring the deep ocean. The address was followed by questions from the audience, giving the students and parents the unique opportunity to interact directly with Dr. Ballard and his students.

Activities offered during the concurrent sessions throughout the day included:

  • A visit to the Ocean Exploration Command Center
  • Hands-on games to teach proper rain gauge measurement with the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) precipitation monitoring program
  • Buoy-building competitions with the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
  • An introduction to ocean acidification and its impacts on oyster fisheries
  • Analysis of the Earth system through exploration of the connections between global environmental satellite datasets with the GLOBE Program
  • Image analyses of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) on our solar system's sun to predict space weather
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