Learning From the Pros

Educators hope to encourage students to pursue careers in STEM fields by taking them on field trips with real-world experience.


By Daylina Miller

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (May 15, 2012)- As part of STEM initiatives at Stewart Middle Magnet School, seventh and eighth grader marine science students recently visited the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg to study the effects of climate change on the Tampa Bay ecosystem.


The middle school was invited by Professor Frank Muller-Karger as a part of a National Science Foundation grant, Coastal Area Climate Change Education, that USF has received.  Muller-Karger is a professor of biological oceanography and remote sensing.


Students visited USF's Center for Ocean Technology and Remote Sensing Satellite Center, as well as USF's research vessel, the RV Weatherbird II. They got to see equipment close up and learn about how this equipment gathers and transmit data about the ocean.


STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.


Daylina Miller can be reached at 813-500-8754.