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Ocean Sciences Meeting

By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
Congratulations to Julia Castellano ’22, Margie Lodes ’20 and Emma Mueller ’20 for successfully presenting the results of their research at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 in San Diego. The three were part of the K-12 Youth Ocean Science Research Presentations as a part of the larger, international meeting of ocean scientists from around the world.

According to the American Geophysical Union, which holds the Ocean Sciences Meeting, the “K-12 Youth Ocean Science Research Presentations” are important because “K-12 students are producing quality ocean and water/earth scientific research throughout the world via in-school or after-school programs. These students are readily exposed to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) practices and are involved with adults and/or senior scientists to investigate earth and ocean processes including testing hypotheses and observing the environment. Sharing their research at an international scientific conference is beneficial to them, their peers, educators and attending scientists. K-12 students who are involved in such ocean and water/earth research as lead author or co-author are encouraged to participate. The goal of this session is to give K-12 students a platform to present their ocean and water/earth related research to scientists, educators and peers in order to network and gain feedback on their presentation and research, and join the ever-growing network of ocean science researchers.”
In addition to attending and presenting at the conference, the students and their SJA faculty sponsor, Mrs. Katie Lodes, were able to learn more about the ocean by interacting with it and touring world-renowned research facilities in the San Diego area by whale watching on a tour out of San Diego harbor on Flagship Cruises with naturalists from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and exploring the Scripps Institute of Oceanography’s Aquarium, Pier, and Mauna Loa Observatory.

Thank you to Mrs. Katie Lodes for challenging our students to present their research at conferences such as the Ocean Sciences Meeting and thanks to our student researchers for representing St. Joe on the world’s stage!
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