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USGS Hosts Science-Learning Session for Florida Teachers

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Willie Gore (Bay Point Elementary assistant principal), Ann Tihansky (USGS hydrologist), Don Hickey (USGS physical scientist), and Gaye Lively
Above: (Left to right) Willie Gore (Bay Point Elementary assistant principal), Ann Tihansky (USGS hydrologist), Don Hickey (USGS physical scientist), and Gaye Lively (Bay Point Elementary principal)

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Above: Ann Tihansky captivated the educators by showing photographs of sinkholes and video clips of divers swimming through underwater caves.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) hosted its first science-learning session for 67 educators from Bay Point Elementary Magnet School on September 10. Held at the USGS St. Petersburg Science Center in St. Petersburg, FL, the session was part of the center's participation in the St. Petersburg Mayor's Mentors & More Initiative. Ann Tihansky and Don Hickey discussed issues in the news concerning coral reefs and Florida's geology, including the formation of sinkholes. The objective of the science-learning sessions is for scientists to answer teachers' questions about science so that the teachers feel more comfortable answering students' questions and initiating science discussions in the classroom.

In April, St. Petersburg's Mayor Rick Baker announced the Mayor's Mentors & More Initiative's successful recruitment of corporate and agency partners for all of the city's 27 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, 5 high schools, and 3 secondary schools. The USGS and Echelon Real Estate selected Bay Point Elementary as their partner school because the school is known as the "Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology." The USGS will work with Bay Point Elementary to meet the needs of the students and teachers. The Mentors & More Initiative is intended to help students excel by augmenting the limited funds local schools have available and helping the community to get involved in improving education (see Sound Waves article "USGS Partners with St. Petersburg, FL, Elementary School").

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