Students Learn At Sea

Twelve high school students are back on land tonight after spending three days at sea. Three local high schools had students take part in the Oceans Alive program which is a day in the life of an Oceanographer.

They left on Monday aboard the USNS Heezen and spent several days about 200-miles out in the Gulf participating in several different experiments. It's sponsored by the Naval Oceanographic Office at Stennis Space Center to get students interested in careers in oceanography.

Cody Stockstill is a student at Harrison Central High School and says, "We just dove into all the careers that are involved in Oceanography, and acoustics was one of my favorites because you get to learn that they don't just stick a camera in the water and look at the bottom of the ocean and you get to see like all the bottom stuff and all the different technologies that they've advanced in."

Another group of coast students will also get the chance to participate in Oceans Alive this month and then a group of teachers from around the country will head over to the Florida Keys for a look at ways to make science fun for students.