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Richie Williams (WHFC) recently gave a talk entitled "Natural and Human History of the Earth: An Earth System Education Perspective" at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA. On two recent occasions, scientists at the WHFC joined the Education Office at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in conducting tours for high school students who were winners in the National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB) Competition (see the story from the April issue of Sound Waves). On May 30th, Mike Bothner led a group of students from the Cambridge (MA) Rindge and Latin School, who were 2nd-place winners in the regional NOSB competition. On June 16th, Ben Gutierrez and Kathy Konicki hosted students from Cranston (RI) High School, 3rd-place winners in the national competition. The students, already interested and knowledgeable about marine science, seemed to enjoy hands-on demonstrations of equipment. Instruments included the hydraulically damped gravity corer, the amphibious all-terrain vehicle (SWASH) used to document shoreline change after major storms, and a view of many other tools for data collection at the Woods Hole Marine Operations Facility.

Beth Schwarzman (WHFC) was involved recently in various community Earth science outreach activities. She taught five Sandwich 3rd-grade classes about rocks. The hands-on exploration of granite and a suite of volcanic rocks provided the students some observational tools that can help them recognize different types of rocks.

Beth worked with a 4th-grade class in Falmouth, first on rocks, then on the glacial geology of Cape Cod. For the latter topic, she and the students went on a local field trip during which they mapped the terrain and collected samples of glacial moraine and outwash to analyze.

Beth led a 4-hr workshop for teachers on the glacial geology of Cape Cod that included a field trip for mapping and sample collection as well as lab analysis of the materials. She will lead another workshop for teachers in July, this one 15 hrs long, for a detailed look at Cape Cod geology including coastal processes.

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