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Science Teachers Aboard Research Ships (STARS)

Photo of a teacher at sea.Approximately once a month the Hawaii Ocean Time Series (HOT) program operates a four-day research cruise to Station ALOHA. From 2007 to 2015, 66 K–12 teachers joined HOT cruises as part of the C-MORE-led STARS program. Teachers participated in every aspect of sampling aboard the ship and worked alongside other teachers and scientists. Activities ranged from hands-on sampling, to processing and analyzing seawater samples in the lab, to classroom-ready exercises and lectures. Teachers learned about all aspects of oceanographic research during the cruises, and particular emphasis was placed on the exciting field of microbial oceanography.

“It’s the best experience I’ve had in a long time, professionally and personally.”

“[I enjoyed] the hands-on activities — helping deploy the science collection apparatus on deck, collecting water samples from the CTD, conducting a surface tow, the zooplankton and phytoplankton ID with dissecting microscope and compound microscope, the tours around the ship and getting to talk/ask questions to the various crew members about their jobs, talking with the scientists about their projects and studies, learning to use the filtration apparatus, and also how to do chlorophyll extractions and size fractionation.

Download a sample itinerary of the STARS program (PDF document).

Past STARS Participants

HOT
Cruise

Dates

Teacher

School

Area

267

20-24 Nov 14

Beth Haley

Wahiawa Middle School

Oahu

267

20-24 Nov 14

Christina Conrad

Kapolei High School

Oahu

267

20-24 Nov 14

Donna Soriano

UHWO: pre-service teacher

Oahu

266

12-16 Oct 14

Gerry Clarion

Kapolei High School

Oahu

266

12-16 Oct 14

Lori Hoover

UH Manoa: pre-service teacher

Oahu

266

12-16 Oct 14

Kimberlee Johnson

Kapolei High School

Oahu

264

29 Jun-3 Jul 14

Darienne Day

University Lab School-CRDG

Oahu

264

29 Jun-3 Jul 14

Teresa Duran

Mililani Middle School

Oahu

264

29 Jun-3 Jul 14

Weldon Wichman

Molokai High School

Molokai

260

13-17 Feb 14

Robyn Ehrlich

Kehei Charter School

Maui

260

13-17 Feb 14

Elizabeth Eubanks

Pope John Paul II High School

Boca Raton, FL

260

13-17 Feb 14

Kimberlee Stewart

Kapa‘a High School

Kauai

253

24-28 Jun 13

Deelynn Ka‘aha‘aina

UH West Oahu

Oahu

253

24-28 Jun 13

Katherine (Loke) Roseguo

Ke Kula ‘O Nawahiokalani‘opu‘u

Big Island

253

24-28 Jun 13

Matt Kanemoto

Kahuku High and Intermediate

Oahu

251

4-8 Apr 13

Cristina Veresan

Star of the Sea School

Oahu

251

4-8 Apr 13

David Grant

Brookdale Community College

Highlands, NJ

251

4-8 Apr 13

Richard Jones

UH West Oahu

Oahu

251

4-8 Apr 13

Steven Soltysik

Kauai Schools

Kauai

247

6-10 Oct 12

Diane Tom-Ogada

Farrington High School

Oahu

247

6-10 Oct 12

Jacqueline O'Donnell

Kamaile Academy

Oahu

247

6-10 Oct 12

Ryan Kagami

Kailua Intermediate School

Oahu

245

16-20 Aug 12

Alia Thompson

Kaimuki Middle School

Oahu

245

16-20 Aug 12

Deborah Clevenger

Waipahu Intermediate

Oahu

245

16-20 Aug 12

Erin Mendelson

Wheeler Middle School

Oahu

243

25-29 June 12

Francesca DePasquale

Campbell High School

Oahu

243

25-29 June 12

Haunani Kane

UH Manoa/Polynesian Voyaging Society

Oahu

243

25-29 June 12

Jon Svenson

Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus

Maui

234

19 Aug-1 Sep 11

Elizabeth Shaw

Santa Cruz County Office of Education

Santa Cruz, CA

233

18-22 July 11

Charlotte Godfrey-Romo

Hilo High School

Big Island

233

18-22 July 11

Sheila Folan

Florin High School

Sacramento, CA

233

18-22 July 11

Nick DeBoer

Punahou School

Oahu

226

2-6 Oct 10

Bill Budenholzer

Kailua Intermediate School

Oahu

226

2-6 Oct 10

Patti Stover

Konawaena High School

Big Island

225

2-6 Sep 10

Davilla Riddle

Samuel E. Kalama Intermediate School

Maui

225

2-6 Sep 10

Mark Shanahan

Kalani High School

Oahu

225

2-6 Sep 10

Dana Spink

Toledo Elementary

Newport, OR

N/A

24-28 May 10

Randi Brennon

Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences

Big Island

N/A

24-28 May 10

Lisa Galloway

Lanai High School

Lanai

N/A

24-28 May 10

Alison Ashford

Mid-Pacific Institute

Oahu

N/A

24-28 May 10

Jessica Ayau

UH Manoa

Oahu

N/A

24-28 May 10

Gail Clarke

Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences

Big Island

213

23-27 Jul 09

Scott Percival

Avon High School

Connecticut

213

23-27 Jul 09

Martha Akina

Waialua Middle School

Oahu

213

23-27 Jul 09

Bonnie McCann

Home Middle School

Oahu

210

27 Apr–1 May 09

Christine Glazer

Hoala School

Oahu

210

27 Apr–1 May 09

Robert Bevacqua

Kalaheo High School

Oahu

210

27 Apr–1 May 09

Lily Edmon

Waimea Middle School

Big Island

209

16–20 Feb 09

Kate Werner

Castle High School

Oahu

209

16–20 Feb 09

Stephanie Betancourt

St. Anthony’s Jr. / Sr. High School

Maui

209

16–20 Feb 09

Chris Olivas

High Tech High

San Diego, CA

207

15–16 Dec 08

Alison Ashford

Mid-Pacific Institute, Honolulu

Oahu

207

15–16 Dec 08

Kate Werner

Castle High School

Oahu

207

15–16 Dec 08

Stephanie Betancourt

St. Anthony’s Jr. / Sr. High School

Maui

205

9–13 Oct 08

Kim Hardy

San Diego Unified School District

San Diego, CA

205

9–13 Oct 08

Denise Boatwright

Iroquois Point Elementary

Oahu

205

9–13 Oct 08

Wrayna Fairchild

Innovations Public Charter School

Big Island

202

24–28 Jun 08

Scott LaChance

Kapolei Middle School

Oahu

202

24–28 Jun 08

Norman de los Santos

Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary

Oahu

200

22–26 Feb 08

Doug Weidman

St. Francis High School

Oahu

200

22–26 Feb 08

Dan Hendricks

Waialae Elementary Public Charter

* Saint Louis High School

Oahu

195

1– 5 Sep 07

Jenny Hoof

Farrington High School

Oahu

195

1– 5 Sep 07

Mari Taira

Farrington High School

* Waikoloa Elem. / Middle School

Oahu

* Big Island

193

6–10 Jul 07

Joan Matsuzaki

Roosevelt High School

Oahu

192

8–11 Jun 07

Linda Sciaroni

Waimea Canyon Middle School

Kauai

190

19–23 Mar 07

Scott Oberg

Makaha Elementary

Oahu

 

 

 

* Current position

 

STARS photo montage

Teachers may still be able to participate on a HOT cruise as a volunteer. Check out the HOT webpage to learn more.  The NOAA Teachers at Sea program also offers opportunities for teachers to participate in a research cruise.

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