AltaSea: Beacon – Special Edition – May 5, 2020
Live Chat Featuring Ocean Exploration Trust’s Megan Cook!
Join us for this Live Zoom Chat on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm. To register, please click here.
Megan Cook is Manager of Education Partnerships and Programs at Ocean Exploration Trust. She has worked for Dr. Bob Ballard, the man who discovered the Titanic wreck, for 6 years including countless expeditions at sea aboard the E/V Nautilus. Join Megan on Friday as she recounts her favorite discoveries on the seafloor, such as, the octopus garden in the Monterey Bay where thousands of octopods sat brooding over their eggs in a nursery atmosphere. Megan’s role at OET is planning and executing outreach to global audiences and creating education programs like the Nautilus Ambassador Program, Science Communication Fellowship, Science & Engineering Internship Program, professional development training workshops, and Community STEM Program year-round. Megan has a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from Oregon State University with an emphasis in marine biology. She also was an International Scholar studying tropical ecology at James Cook University in Australia and studied oceanography with Sea Education Association.
Ocean Exploration Trust and the Nautilus Exploration Program seek out new discoveries in geology, biology, and archaeology while conducting scientific exploration of the seafloor. Their expeditions launch aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus — a 64-meter research ship equipped with live-streaming underwater vehicles for scientists, students, and the public to explore the deep sea from anywhere in the world. They embed educators and interns in their expeditions who share their hands-on experiences via ship-to-shore connections with the next generation. Even while we are not at sea, explorers can dive into Nautilus Live to learn more about their expeditions, find educational resources, and marvel at new discoveries.
AltaSea is deeply grateful to the front-line workers who make our day-to-day lives possible. Thank you to the first-responders, health care professionals, supermarket and restaurant workers and so many others who continue to show up and do their jobs despite the pandemic. In these challenging times, it is heartening to see examples of individuals reaching out to help one another and communities pulling together.
We want to express our gratitude to the following Harbor Area restaurants who are not only open for business serving delicious food, but they are also helping to promote AltaSea’s Project Blue Student Contest by including an informational flyer with each delivery or pick-up order.
Project Blue Student Winner
In February, AltaSea launched Project Blue, a digital port for content and educational resources for the emerging Blue Economy. The Project Blue campaign aims to give students a voice in supporting Los Angeles as the center of the Blue Economy, an initiative to protect the ecosystem of the ocean and turn to it as a resource for solving challenges such as climate change, energy supply, and food security. As the world has changed with the Covid-19 crisis, we wish to give students the opportunity to provide leadership at a time when leadership is needed the most.
AltaSea hosts a weekly creative contest, Project Blue @Weekends for students kindergarten through 12th grade. Entries may be artwork, written work, videos, songs or dance—any creative outlet that closely aligns with our established weekly focus conveying the importance of the oceans. Up to $50 Amazon or Target gift cards are awarded to 7 winners each week! AltaSea is proud to share one of our recent student winners, Risa S., a 4th grade student from Mira Catalina Elementary, who submitted a stop animation video explaining how the ocean can save the world. Please take a moment to enjoy Risa’s extraordinary work!
#GivingTuesdayNow: May 5, 2020
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