Exploration At Sea

 
East Stroudsburg Area School District alumni Bethany Eden Smith was selected to explore the ocean with Titanic Discoverer Dr. Robert Ballard’s Nautilus Exploration Program, www.nautiluslive.org.
 
Exploration at Sea East Stroudsburg native Bethany Eden Smith, who currently teaches at Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School (CBGS) in Warsaw, Virginia has been selected as a 2013 Educator at Sea and will sail with the Nautilus Exploration Program during their 2013 expedition season. Bethany, who teaches Marine & Environmental Science at CBGS, joined the expedition in the Gulf of Mexico in mid-July.

For Smith, who grew up hunting, fishing, hiking, and exploring the outdoors of the Poconos, ocean exploration was a logical next step. “I am incredibly excited to join the Corps of Exploration this summer! Our oceans are some of the most unexplored places on our planet, and being able to join Dr. Robert Ballard and this incredible group of scientists, engineers, students and educators aboard E/V Nautilus is a once in a lifetime experience,” said Smith.

Forty-seven educators and students from around the world have been selected from a competitive pool of applicants by the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) to participate at sea during their 2013 Nautilus Exploration Program. The selected educators and students hail from schools, universities, and science centers in twenty-one states and five countries. They will join the Nautilus Corps of Exploration during ocean expeditions from June through November in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and Mediterranean Sea.

The 2013 educator and student selectees will embark on several expeditions aboard Dr. Robert Ballard’s ship of exploration, E/V Nautilus, and other research vessels off the coast of the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as Montserrat, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turkey.
 
As members of the Corps of Exploration, educators and students will stand watch alongside scientists and engineers, as well as participate in live interactions with shore-based audiences via Exploration Now. "Exploration Now" provides a 24-hour online portal bringing expeditions from the field to future explorers on shore via telepresence technology.
 
The website www.nautiluslive.org allows for satellite feed of everything that is happening on the ship in real-time.