North Carolina Teacher Headed to Bahamas to Study Endangered Sea Turtles

North Carolina Teacher Headed to Bahamas to Study Endangered Sea Turtles

A North Carolina middle school teacher may just have the most interesting “what I did on my summer vacation” tale to tell when the 2017-18 school year begins.

Sponsored by Voyager Sopris Learning, Catherine Hickey, an Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) teacher for Person County Schools in Roxboro, N.C., will spend nine days in July in the Bahamas tracking endangered sea turtles as part of JASON Learning’s Student & Teacher Argonaut Program, designed to transform K-12 STEM teaching and learning.

In the Bahamas, Hickey is to be paired with a student and, along with other teachers and youths, will work side-by-side with scientists and engineers—both in and out of the water—as they track, tag and release the endangered green and hawksbill sea turtles, study their migration patterns, and collect and analyze key data. Researchers are working to ensure the sea turtles’ habitats are protected from coastal development and that their food resources continue to be abundantly available.

Since the founding of JASON Learning 26 years ago, more than 500 students and teachers have participated in the Argonaut Program.

For more information on:

· Voyager Sopris Learning, visit www.voyagersopris.com;

· Person County Schools, visit www.person.k12.nc.us; and

· JASON Learning, visit www.jason.org/argonaut-program.

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