Steven Frantz: Introduction, July 23, 2012


NOAA Teacher at Sea
Steven Frantz
Aboard NOAA Ship Oregon II
July 27 – August 8, 2012

Mission: Longline Shark Tagging Survey
Geographic area of cruise:  Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic off the east coat of Florida.
Date:  July 23, 2012

Introduction

Hello! My name is Steven Frantz and I am from the “Buckeye State” of Ohio. OH—IO! I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science classes at Roswell Kent Middle School in Akron, Ohio.

Google Map of Kent Middle School

Google Map of Kent Middle School

 

As you can see with this Google Earth view, for being a school in the city, there is quite a bit of land around the school. In addition to a ¼ mile track, two baseball fields, and a football field we also have an outdoor classroom. If you look between the two square shaped parts of the building on the west side you will see two very small squares. They are two math patios in our outdoor classroom. This past year our outdoor classroom was recognized by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as a Wild Ohio School Site. It is also a monarch butterfly way station, has a tall-grass prairie, pond, bird feeders, and even has a “hidden” geocache. If you are interested in looking for our geocache, we are listed as Scientists in Progress.

Here we have some of our students relaxing in the Outdoor Classroom.

Here we have some of our students relaxing in the Outdoor Classroom.

There are many things Akron is famous for:

  1. The Goodyear Blimp and the HUGE blimp hanger. The hanger is the largest building in the world without any internal support. It is so big it even has its own weather! Or so we are told!
  2. The old Quaker Oats factory has been turned into a hotel. The rooms are very unique in that they are round. This is because they used to be silos for storing grain.
  3. The All-American Soap Box Derby is held every year in Akron, Ohio. Maybe you have seen the movie 25 Hill about the Soap Box Derby. This past year we built our first Soap Box Derby car and raced it in the Gravity Challenge. We ended up winning the first two heats, but lost the third heat. If you are ever in Akron, go to the top of Derby Hill and look down. And then imagine going down the hill in a very small car.
Our Soap Box Derby car about to descend Derby Hill

Our Soap Box Derby car about to descend Derby Hill

Our students enjoy showing, discussing, and sharing their science research projects at events such as the Bioinnovations BEST Medical Science Fair, Akron, Ohio; Intel Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair, Cleveland, Ohio; AmericaView Fall Technical Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio; the SATELLITES Geospatial Technology Conference, Toledo, Ohio; and the GLOBE Program Annual Partner Meeting this year in Minnesota. If our students do well enough they qualify to go on to district or state competitions. We even had a group of students go to the GLOBE Program Learning Experience in Cape Town, South Africa!

Roswell Kent Middle School students at the AmericaView Fall Technical meeting

Roswell Kent Middle School students at the AmericaView Fall Technical Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio

There are many more exciting things our students do at Roswell Kent Middle School. I could go on and on for a very long time telling everyone about them. I can’t wait to be able to share my Teacher At Sea experience with them. I will be on the NOAA Ship Oregon II research ship in the Gulf of Mexico. This will be her 300th mission! While on this milestone mission we will be doing a longline survey studying sharks. Thanks for following along with my blog!

11 responses to “Steven Frantz: Introduction, July 23, 2012

  1. Hey Frantz, Sounds like you are planning to have way more fun that anyone is allowed to have. I’m getting Patrick’s wedding plans finalized and your sailing the 7 seas……RRRR:-) ( Sorry the inner Pirate in me just for lose for a moment) Must tell me all about this experience when you get back.

  2. Hey Steve, Sharks sure do beat snakes. And you know how I feel about snakes. have a great trip and see you in Virginia in Nov.

  3. Howdy, Steve: I’m living vicariously through you–can’t wait to hear all about it and see pics when you get back to school! Have a great time–but don’t lose any fingers!

  4. Are you looking at the diffence with the ecosystem of sharks habitat for years past with now? Are you comparing adaptations of sharks as the oceans change? It was reported yesterday that Lake Erie water temperature at a depth of 40 feet was 80 degrees that has not happened since the late 1990′s. Just sharing info.

  5. Steve, I would be insanely jealous if I wasn’t at the beach myself this week. Very interested in your shark findings. Sounds like you might be in the gulf by Longboat Key. We vacationed there for years. Some years we had a skate problem. We have seen dolphins here at Emerald Isle, NC. Later!

  6. Good for you! I would be insanely jealous if I wasn’t at the beach this week. I am very interested in your research on sharks. We have seen dolphins here at Emerald Isle, NC. We used to vacation at Longboat Key on the Gulf. Some years we had a problem with skates and stingrays. Later! Barb

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