Karen Rasmussen, a third and fourth-grade teacher at Ocean Shores Elementary School today begins the first of two five-day legs aboard the research vessel Tatoosh. Rasmussen will be immersed in hands-on marine science research, working side-by-side with scientists surveying marine ecosystems in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.
Rasmussen is one of 33 teachers nationwide chosen from more than 250 applicants to participate this year in NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program. Now in its 21st year, the program has provided over 600 teachers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience participating in science at sea. Rasmussen will keep a blog of her experience, which will soon be accessible through NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program website, http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/.