Students to connect with NOAA coral reef scientists

Students across the globe will engage tomorrow and next week with two scientists from the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Division through interactive webcasts and social media dialogue. Kevin Lino and Roberto Venegas, both also team members of NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, will answer questions from K-12 students and teachers during live events, which are the result of a NOAA Reef Smart collaboration with the nonprofit organization JASON Learning.

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Roberto Venegas, an oceanographer with the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Division and a STEM Role Model for JASON Learning, poses with a sea star.

These events will link the science fundamentals kids are learning in school to real-life applications of coral reef science and future careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). To interact with STEM Role Models Lino and Venegas, students will use video and question submission forms. Questions will be sent to the live event moderator, who will select as many as possible to pass along to the live event hosts and featured guests.

In addition to the live interviews, the JASON Learning project provides a multimedia database of STEM career profiles that tell the stories of Role Models with text-based interviews, photos, and video clips.

Here’s when and how to take part in these two events:

On Nov. 7, 8:30–9:00 am Hawaii Time (1:30–2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time), JASON Learning will connect youth with NOAA’s Kevin Lino, a coral reef biologist, diver, and inspiring STEM role model. To participate in this live event, visit http://www.jason.org/live/stem-career-qa-kevin-lino-coral-reef-biologist.

On Nov. 14, 8:30–9:00 am Hawaii Time (1:30–2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time), JASON Learning will connect youth with NOAA’s Roberto Venegas, an oceanographer, data analyst, and inspiring STEM role model. To participate in this live event, visit http://www.jason.org/live/stem-career-qa-roberto-venegas-oceanographer.

Kevin Lino, a coral reef biologist with the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem and a STEM Role Model for JASON Learning, conducts a towed-diver survey at Wake Atoll as a school of bigeye trevally (Caranx sexfasciatus) swims below. NOAA photo by Jason Helyer.

Kevin Lino, a coral reef biologist with the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Division and a STEM Role Model for JASON Learning, conducts a towed-diver survey at Wake Atoll as a school of bigeye trevally (Caranx sexfasciatus) swims below. NOAA photo by Jason Helyer

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