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CI Wins NOAA Grant for Mentoring and Educational Program

CI 300x225 CI Wins NOAA Grant for Mentoring and Educational ProgramCSU Channel Islands (CI) is teaming up with two Oxnard schools, two federal agencies and private business on an educational partnership intended to inspire a new generation of environmental scientists and advocates.  The University recently won a $60,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) enabling it to launch “Crossing the Channel: An Inquiry Based Expedition.”

The hands-on educational program partners CI with Channel Islands National Park (CINP), Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS), the underwater robot company OpenROV, and Oxnard’s R.J. Frank Intermediate School and Channel Islands High School.  It unites students from middle school through college in ecological exploration and conservation in the Channel Islands, exposing them to various research, monitoring, engineering, data collection, and restoration projects, as well as the joy of science.  The program is funded through the 2014 NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program, which aims to enhance environmental literacy by supporting individuals to understand, protect and restore watersheds and related ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems.

“This partnership engages students in complex science while also showing them that they can play an active and valuable role in saving their environment,” said CI’s Dr. Cause Hanna, Manager of the Santa Rosa Island Research Station, and one of the grant’s Principal Investigators.  “We hope this will be a transformative learning experience that cultivates a new community of Channel Islands stewards and inspires more students to pursue disciplines like science, marine biology and natural resource management.”

Learn more about NOAA’s B-WET program at http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/grants/bwet.  Learn more about the Santa Rosa Island Research Station at http://www.csuci.edu/sri/, or contact Dr. Cause Hanna at 805-437-3785 or cause.hanna@csuci.edu.

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