Educator At Sea

2012 - Susie Hill, Educator at Sea

Susie Hill, a Nauticus educator, has been selected from a competitive pool of national applicants by the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) to participate in the 2012 Nautilus Exploration Program as an "Educator at Sea." The twelve Educators at Sea hail from schools and museums in seven states and represent ten school districts. 

Hill has been an Education Specialist/Special Programs Manager for Nauticus for the last thirteen years, where she leads and develops STEM-related programming for Scouts, families, after-school science clubs, seasonal camps, professionals and students. Previously, she served as a 2007 NOAA Teacher at Sea, and was also selected to serve as a 2011 Nautilus Exploration Program Educator at Sea program as an alternate. Susie is a 1998 graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Oceanography. She lives in Suffolk with her husband, Paul, and her two children, Noah and Hannah.

"With this extraordinary opportunity of being selected as an Educator at Sea, I will not only be able to fulfill my dream again of working alongside scientists out at sea, but also be able to share my experience with our Nauticus guests, my family and friends and even the world!" said Hill.

The 2012 Educators at Sea will embark in July and August on Dr. Robert Ballard's ship of exploration, E/V Nautilus, as his team explores the geology, biology, archaeology and chemistry of the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea. As part of the Corps of Exploration aboard Nautilus, educators will participate in daily science operations and live interactions with shore-based audiences on and at the Nautilus Live Theater at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut. The Educator at Sea Program is sponsored in part by Bechtel.

"We're very excited to provide educators with a direct experience of pure exploration," said Expedition Leader and OET Vice President, Dr. Katherine Croff Bell, "While our Nautilus Live website provides real-time video of our expedition to teachers and students all over the world, we also have the unique opportunity to invite our Educators at Sea on board Nautilus as fully integrated members of our Corps of Exploration."

Prior to going to sea, educators will also participate in an intensive training workshop and attend sessions hosted by scientists, engineers and science communicators from June 25-28 at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, where Dr. Ballard is professor of oceanography. Ballard is best known for his discovery of RMS Titanic



Nauticus educator Susie Hill, the first informal educator to participate in the NOAA Teacher at Sea Program, sailed aboard the 187-ft. NOAA fisheries research ship Albatross IV July 22-August 3, 2007. 

While on board, Susie took pictures and wrote daily logs that included weather data, research of the day, and interviews with scientists. The logs and Lesson Plans have been archived here. 

Hello Everyone! I am officially now a NOAA Teacher at Sea! Leaving from Woods Hole, Massachusetts aboard the 187 ft. NOAA Research Vessel ALBATROSS IV, we will be conducting studies on scallops from Long Island, NY to Georges Bank. There will be various locations along the trip that we will stop to collect samples of scallops to identify the species, determine the age, and growth. All of the staff aboard the ship are friendly, sleeping on a ship will take some getting used to, and the food is great! I've taken some motion sickness medicine just in case. So, wish us luck on our journey! Keep checking for my daily findings, interviews with scientists, and great pics! 

Daily Logs:
Photo Gallery
Log 1
Log 2
Log 3
Log 4
Log 5
Log 6
Log 7
Log 8

Lesson Plans:
North Atlantic Sea Star Lesson Plan
Sea Scallop Lesson Plans