DATE:  February 20, 2008
CONTACT: Dr. Joanne McDonald 361.825.2095; or Steve Paschal 361.825.2336
Project by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Undergraduate Students Takes Third Place at NASA Pre-Service Teachers Conference

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A project created by a team of students from the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi took third place in a field of 43 entries at the 11th annual NASA Pre-Service Teacher Conference Feb. 14-18 in Washington, D.C.

The project titled “Get in Motion to Save Our Ocean: Break Free from Ocean Debris” will be featured on the NASA Web site. Students collaborating on the project were Lisa Lopez, Jill Morgan, Heather Titzman, Kristin Gleinig, LeeAnn Payne and Emily Boudreau, pre-service teachers specializing in early childhood through grade four.

Working with fourth-graders from the University’s Early Childhood Development Center, the students conducted a beach clean-up along Ocean Drive and analyzed the data. After analyzing and graphing the data, they explored the Internet to learn more about the ocean gyres that act as “water highways,” washing debris onto local beaches.

The NASA conference is held each year for future teachers from institutions that serve under-represented demographics including tribal colleges, historically black institutions and Hispanic-serving institutions.