Sharing the Science of Oil Spill Response with Science Teachers
OCT. 10, 2023 — On September 28, 2023, OR&R Regional Operations Supervisor Doug Helton conducted an evening seminar for the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), titled “Science Update: The Science of Oil Spill Response and Cleanup.”
The NSTA, with approximately 40,000 members, is a professional organization for science educators to share new and engaging information and best practices in teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). NOAA is a frequent contributor to the program, and past presentations have included topics such as ocean acidification, climate, corals, tides and currents, and weather.
Helton spoke about the history and role of NOAA’s science support coordinators (SSCs) and OR&R’s Emergency Response Division, including improvements in prevention, NOAA’s response to recent incidents, research on the detection and surveillance of spills at sea, and the effects on natural resources.
Staff from the National Ocean Service Communications and Education Division supported the seminar and shared NOAA educational resources.
The seminar was geared towards educators of middle school and high school students, and the participants received continuing education credits for attending the workshop. Approximately 200 teachers from across the country joined the event.