Union City Educator, Selected to Explore the Ocean Aboard Titanic Shipwreck Discoverer Dr. Robert Ballard

Paul Orbe, a science teacher at the Academy for Enrichment and Advancement in Union City and a member of the Union City Education Association, was selected as a Science Communication Fellow and sailed aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus during its 2016 expedition in August. Mr. Orbe joined the Corps of Exploration as they explored the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The Farallones region protects over 400 historic ship and aircraft wrecks, most of them undiscovered. The expedition also visited unexplored deep sea coral habitats, some of which lie in the deepest regions of the sanctuary.

Seventeen educators and twenty-two students from around the world were selected from a competitive pool of applicants by the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) to participate at sea during the 2016 Nautilus Exploration Program expedition. The selected educators and students hail from schools, universities, after-school programs, science centers, aquaria, and non-profit organizations in twenty states in the US and Australia.

As members of the Corps of Exploration, educators and students stood watch alongside scientists and engineers, and participated in live interactions with shore-based audiences via Nautilus Live, a 24-hour web portal bringing expeditions from the field to future explorers on shore via telepresence technology at nautiluslive.org and via social media.

OET promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education around the world using the excitement of exploration and innovation to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.


Published on Tuesday, October 18, 2016