One of our primary purposes in spending 80 days underwater is to bring along as many students and classrooms as we can possibly fit in our schedule. These connections are a vital part of our reason to go wjhere we are going. Bu full utilization of the Internet, satellite conncetions and web streaming - as well as our Student Aquananut program, we intend to share the experience with as many students around the worid as possible. We plan daily classroom activities with schools all over the world.
The Atlantica Expeditions educational program is to be directed by one of the most successful marine programs educators anywhere, Mr. Mark Tohulka. Mark is the winner of several educational awards and recently won the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, often called “Education’s Oscars”. He is also the recipient of the national Siemens Award for Advanced Placement in Mathematics and Science and Miami Dade County Science Teacher of the year. Considering Mark’s extensive experience living and working in manned undersea habitats in addition to his magnificent educational achievements, we are more than fortunate to have him onboard.
There are two primary student programs - the Atlantica Expeditions K-12 activities and the University Student Program which feathers into the Expeditions research investigations.
Here are the Atlantica Expeditions Educational Program descriptions:
Atlantica Expedition Partner Schools:
Our expeditions has already begun attracting partner schools, such as The Maritime and Science Technology (MAST) High School in Miami, Florida. These partner schools will begin using the Atlantica Expeditions as a fascinating vehicle to teach and to stimulate interest in science, mathematics, technology and ocean environmental awareness. These partner schools from all over the world will participate in live classroom exchanges from the habitat during the mission, develop undersea payloads and be eligible to participate in the teacher and student aquanaut programs.
Classroom Curriculum Development:
Our partner teachers are encouraged to use our resources to develop unique and fascinating classroom projects using the Atlantica Expeditions idea in the classroom. On the science end, Expeditions Leader, Dennis Chamberland participated in such a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges in which the Scott Carpenter Space Analog Station was used to teach principles of mathematics. And on the curriculum development end, our curriculum development expert Educational Director Mark Tohulka has participated in many such endeavors.
Classroom Undersea Payload Development:
Our partner classrooms will be encouraged to develop undersea payloads which will be submerged for 80 days in the Leviathan Habitat. We will encourage our classrooms to develop highly imaginative payloads which will interface with their curriculum. We will encourage the development of passive payloads which will be shipped back to the classes at the end of the missions and active payloads which will be monitored and data sent back to the schools during the mission. These payloads offer the unique opportunity to ship a piece of each classroom to the habitat - the very handiwork of each student which they will receive back at the end of the mission. These payloads may include but are not limited to: seeds, microorganisms, physical experiments, pressure - hyperbaric related experiments and many others. Shown here is Expeditions Leader Dennis Chamberland transporting an undersea payload called LPOD-1.
Teacher Aquanaut Program:
We will accept applications from our partner school teachers for a position as a visiting aquanaut. While there, the Aquanaut Teacher will interface with their classrooms in a live telephone and internet connection.
Student Aquanaut Program:
We will also accept applications from our partner schools for a Student Aquanaut. The Student Aquanaut will participate in all phases of the mission and will earn their Aquanaut certification.
Live classroom links will become a near daily activity during the 80 day mission. We will, of course, interface regularly with all of our partner schools around the world by telephone, Internet and satellite connections.
Live Classroom Laboratory Exercises:
As part of our educational program, we intend to develop exercises that are designed to be conducted in our undersea laboratory and outside the habitat in the water by our aquanauts connected to the classroom. We will then follow the curriculum supplied by the school while the classroom is connected live, so that the students will be able to experience the laboratory exercise as it occurs undersea.
If your classroom or school is interested in these activities or becoming an Atlantica Expeditions Participating Classroom, please click here to contact Mr. Thoulka and our Educational Program.
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