Sussex Technical High School biology teacher Rita Salisbury of Seaford was invited to help host the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Heritage Week Open House Feb.15 in Silver Spring, Md. Salisbury participated in NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program in 2013. As an alumna of the program, she helped teach the local community about fisheries research during the annual event.
Salisbury helped administer a hands-on activity related to deep-sea fish, which she had the chance to learn more about last spring when she sailed on NOAA ship Oscar Elton Sette out of Honolulu, Hawaii. On her 15-day research cruise, she helped NOAA scientists conduct a survey of bottomfish populations off the Hawaiian Islands.
The Open House held on the NOAA Silver Spring Campus featured engaging talks by NOAA experts, interactive exhibits, special tours, and hands-on activities for ages 5 and up. It culminates NOAA’s yearly Heritage Week. Now in its 24th year, the NOAA Teacher at Sea Program has provided more than 650 teachers the opportunity to gain firsthand experience participating in science at sea. The educators chosen are able to enrich their curricula with the depth of understanding they gain by living and working side-by-side with scientists studying the marine environment.