[Coral-List] Than k you

Kathryn Hedges Khedges at khwisdom.com
Sun Mar 12 22:28:06 EST 2006


Last summer National Geographic and NOAA sponsored a coral research 
program that allowed 12 teachers and students to participate in c week 
of coral research at Coconut Island in Hawaii.  I think I initially was 
sent an email telling me about it.  Anyway I thought that it would be 
fun and told my students about the opportunity.  I filled out part of 
the paper work and then left it because I needed to figure out who I 
could take.  It is hard to find inner city students who can swim in the 
Midwest.  I found that there were three students who could swim but only 
one with no obligations that prevented her from going.  We finished the 
application and then talked about how great it would be but never really 
expected to be chosen.  We thought that there would be many more 
qualified people who would want to go to Hawaii.  When I was told that 
we would have a phone interview I thought that we might have a chance, 
and when we were told that we were chosen we were in shock. 
It was a wonderful trip.  We did water testing, learned to identify 
fish, counted corals, learned photography, saw coral spawn, saw some 
historical fish ponds and tried the process of making a pond and learned 
a great deal.  This trip opened my students eyes to the many 
possibilities that she never even dreamed about. 
After we came back home her interest in corals caused us to find the 
coral list serve.  We have been reading entries for several months and 
it was one of the entries and a link to one of the NOAA map sites that 
gave her the idea for her project.  She won second place in our regional 
fair and will go on to the Intel International Fair with her project on 
coral bleaching. 
She also entered three of her pictures that she took while in Hawaii 
into the art fair and won best in show.  The program has made such a 
difference in her life.

Michael Borger wrote:

> Hello.  Can you tell me the nature of the trip your student went on 
> and how she was able to get involved with it?
> Thank you,
> Michael
> On 3/12/06, *Kathryn Hedges* <Khedges at khwisdom.com 
> <mailto:Khedges at khwisdom.com>> wrote:
>     I want to thank every one on the list serve for your help.  I asked
>     several of you questions on behalf of my student who was
>     interested in
>     coral bleaching.  She became interested as a result of a NOAA/National
>     Geographic sponsored trip to Hawaii last summer and has done
>     research on
>     the topic most of this year.  Your list serve has provided a
>     bounty of
>     information and insight into the topic, suggested sites that we could
>     explore further, and some of you responded to specific questions
>     that we
>     had.  Thank you.  Alessandra will be going to the Intel International
>     Science Fair this year to present her project.  I am sure the
>     information on your list serve has been a great benefit.
>     Thanks to all of you.
>     Kathryn Hedges
>     Science Teacher
>     Campagna Academy Charter School
>     Indiana.
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