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Tupelo teachers selected for Science at Sea cruise

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 5/02/2013 5:14 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Sherry Willis and Connie Buse teach Challenge classes at Rankin School in Tupelo.

Part of the science lesson focuses on the ocean.

These two teachers will soon have an opportunity to learn for themselves more about the sea when they take a cruise to Alaska this summer.

Teacher Sherry Willis said, "It's sponsored by the Steven Spangler Science Foundation. He's an awesome scientist who makes science seem real and relevant to kids with hands-on experiments."

An almost $10,000 grant by the Fund for Teachers Foundation will pay for the seven day cruise.

While along the Alaskan coastline teachers from around the country will research the sea life and overall environment there.

Teacher Connie Buse said, "We've been to the Gulf Coast. I've been to the East Coast and Key West. I've never been out to the West Coast. To be able to come back and share those experiences with the kids will make it seem a little more real."

That's important to the students as they learn.

The teachers will not only experience ocean life up close but will bring educational materials and a better understanding back to the students.

Willis said, "We usually dissect sharks and learn about the ocean layers and all. Hopefully when we come back we'll have an awesome science unit that we can do with the kids. We want to make science fun and relevant because that's the way students really learn. It's when it applies to their life."

Buse said, "We bring it back and share it with our children, our colleagues and hopefully others in the district."

It's a chance for these teachers to bring to life something most students would otherwise only read about in class.

Besides the two teachers from Tupelo there are a few other local teachers who are going on the cruise.

They're from Corinth and Starkville.

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