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Concordia Teacher Embarks on Deep-sea Expedition

September, 2012
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Concordia International School High School science teacher, Tanea Hibler, was selected to join students and educators from around the world on Dr. Robert Ballard’s ship of exploration, Nautilus, as a JASON project National Educator Argonaut.

concorida-jasoon-project-1The JASON project was founded by Dr. Ballard and is managed by the Sea Research Foundation and National Geographic Society. It is an internationally-acclaimed, exploration-based program that links students – inside the classroom and out – to real science and scientists through technology intensive, inquiry-based experiences.

Mrs. Hibler, alongside other student and educator Argonauts, joined an international team of scientists, engineers, students and educators exploring geology, biology, archaeology and chemistry aboard the Nautilus. The expedition set out to explore the waters of the Black, Aegean and Mediterranean Seas off the coasts of Turkey and Cyprus. During the expedition, the Corps of Exploration held interactive webcasts with shore-based audiences.

Mrs. Hibler shared her excitement prior to embarking on the expedition. “The world is an amazing place, partially because things are constantly changing. I help students grasp the idea that change is constantly taking place and humans are driving this change quicker than ever. I find it absolutely fascinating that I can take part in an expedition in which I may see some of the past, understand more about the oceans’ current state and have a hand in impacting its future. Through the Nautilus exploration, Dr. Ballard and his team are making many new discoveries in the fields of geology, biology and archeology, and I’m excited to be a part of this team and possibly experience these discoveries first-hand. I can’t wait to return back to my school and share my experiences with my students.”

Sea Research Foundation President & CEO Dr. Stephen M. Coan said, “By joining this expedition and becoming part of JASON’s curricular experiences, Mrs. Hibler will serve as a role model and science ambassador to millions of students and educators worldwide. We are fortunate to have her join this year’s Corps of Exploration.”  

Mrs. Hibler has taught Biology, Earth Space Science and Astronomy at Concordia since 2011. Prior to teaching at Concordia, she was a faculty member at Wells International School in Bangkok, Thailand, where she taught Earth Science, Life Sciences, Biology, and General Chemistry. To learn about the work of the Argonauts aboard the Nautilus visit www.jason.org.

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