Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast has announced that Melissa Baffa, Director of Outdoor Experience and STEM, has been selected by Ocean Exploration Trust as one of twenty-two Science Communication Fellows from across the United States and around the world for the 2015 season to explore the Eastern Pacific Ocean aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus an ocean-class ship specially outfitted for seafloor discovery.
Baffa will join the expedition for its second major leg, transiting through the Panama Canal as the ship enters the Pacific Ocean for the first time, and then sailing to the Galapagos Islands. Her portion of the expedition will take place May 29-June 19.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the 2015 Corps of Exploration,” says Baffa. “Having a chance to share the amazing wildlife, geological features, and archaeological sites that E/V Nautilus explores, and to highlight the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers that make it all possible is a dream come true, and an incredible program addition for Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast.”
Baffa will not only participate in live audio commentary and question-and-answer sessions through the Nautilus Live website (http://www.nautiluslive.org/) while aboard the ship; she will also develop events and activities upon her return. Global audiences can tune in to the website, Facebook or Instagram at NautilusLive, and on Twitter @EVNautilus to follow Baffa’s expedition. Newly developed STEM activities will benefit thousands of current Girl Scout members, as well as potential new members. Baffa will collaborate with institutions and program partners up and down the California coast to develop programming that will introduce public audiences to the Nautilus Exploration Program as well.
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