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UHigh Teacher to Journey to Spain, Join Underwater Exploration

Date:9/21/2011

Contact:Rachel Hatch

University High School (UHigh) instructor Cory Culbertson is hoping to personally connect his classroom to images from several leagues under the sea.

Culbertson, an engineering technology teacher, has been accepted into The Nautilus Expedition, which allows instructors to be part of underwater exploration. Stationed on a ship off the coast of Spain, Culbertson will spend two weeks beginning Sept. 24 abroad the E/V Nautilus.

The expedition will include gathering information via submersible robotics, which will broadcast their findings back to the E/V Nautilus . During his leg of the expedition, Culbertson will be working with the Nautilus Expedition website, narrating the visuals sent by the underwater robots, as well as answering live web-chat questions. “I’ll be a cross between an embedded reporter and a museum guide,” said Culbertson.

While on board, Culbertson also intends to hold a video conference with his UHigh students. “This is an amazing opportunity for students to see the real-world applications of engineering in an exciting way.”

The Nautilus Expedition is part of the Ocean Exploration Trust, which was founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard, the oceanographer and explorer who discovered the shipwreck of RMS Titanic.

For additional information, contact Culbertson at (309) 438-8347.


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