Faculty Member Annalisa Bracco & Students in K-12 Outreach
The Ocean Discovery Zone is an exhibit booth and hands-on activity station designed to give nonscientists of all ages information about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in the Gulf of Mexico, and the importance of healthy ocean ecosystems.
Annalisa Bracco and her students from the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Sabrina Grossman, Marion Usselman, and Will Jimerson from CEISMC; and Emily Davenport from the University of Georgia will bring the Ocean Discovery Zone exhibit booth to the grade 7 students of Cowan Road Middle School, in Griffin, Georgia.
They will engage with students using teaching modules developed in collaboration with CEISMC. The modules' content are based on research by the ECOGIG Consortium, which studies the environmental impacts of hydrocarbon inputs on the deepwater ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico
During the event, 7th-graders will have a chance to pilot a mini-ROV (remorely operated vehicle).
Dr. Annalisa Bracco has been at Georgia Tech since 2007. She has published over 50 papers and has had over $3 million in research proposals funded since arriving at Tech. Her research interests are at the interface between ocean sciences, geophysical fluid dynamics, and climate. She received her Ph.D degree in Geophysics and Oceanography at the University of Genoa in 2000 and then completed two years of postdoctoral research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and has won the American Meterological Society’s Nicholas P Fofonoff Award in 2011.”