Graduate School of Oceanography Inner Space Center to visit Pawtucket middle school Nov. 17

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WHO: The URI Graduate School of Oceanography’s Inner Space Center, which is a national facility that supports ocean exploration and education.

WHERE: Samuel Slater Middle School, 281 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, RI.

WHEN: Nov. 17, from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.

WHY: The event will provide a unique opportunity for Samuel Slater Middle School students to directly engage with URI/GSO ocean scientists while they are conducting research at sea on the ship E/V Nautilus.

A team from the Inner Space Center will visit the school to facilitate this live event. GSO scientists aboard the ship will share highlights of their discoveries as they investigate a largely unexplored, volcanically active region of the Eastern Pacific Ocean—important gathering and breeding places for large fish, reptiles and marine mammals, such as humpback whales. This region is a newly designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

During the live broadcast, the students will be able to ask the scientists questions and also learn about the cutting-edge technology they use to explore the deep ocean. Samuel Slater Middle School was selected for this special opportunity because of its exemplary science program and its 8th grade focus on habitats around the world.

For more details, please contact Gail Scowcroft, associate director of the Inner Space Center, at 401-218-2546.