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News Bureau
22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Media Contact: Todd McLeish 874-7892

Scholarships available for high school teachers
to attend underwater robotics workshop

KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 3, 2003 -- The University of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program are sponsoring six full scholarships for high school teachers in the state to participate in a three-day underwater robotics workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in July.

The Sea Grant scholarships will pay for all expenses involved in attending the workshop, including meals and lodging in the Boston area. Participants in the program on July 7-10 are eligible for continuing education credits that satisfy Rhode Island teacher certification requirements.

During the workshop, Rhode Island and Boston area high school teachers will work with ocean engineers from MIT to build working underwater robots, which participants can then bring home to use in their classrooms. Teachers will also learn about the principles of ocean engineering, physics, and oceanography.

The workshop is affiliated with the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center in Monterey, Calif. The scholarships are supported by the URI Outreach Programs, Rhode Island Sea Grant, and the Office of Marine Programs at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography. They are funded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant College Program and the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program.

For additional information or to apply for a scholarship, teachers should contact Beverly O’Keefe or Barry Costa-Pierce at Rhode Island Sea Grant at 874-6800. The application deadline is April 18.

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