Just in time for Mes Chamorro, University of Guam Sea Grant Turtle Education Outreach Interns have distributed more than 600 copies of the newly published coloring book Haggan Tåsi Siha: Sea Turtles, staged 28 puppet shows about turtle nesting, and reached more than 800 second and third graders. And the interns, known as T-Squad, have 13 classroom presentations at another two schools for the remainder of February alone, with more scheduled in March.
The Chamorro-English coloring book discusses turtle biology and threats to the species. The public can download it digitally at http://cnas-re.uog.edu/new-and-refreshed-cnas-publications-posters/.
Four interns from UOG and Guam Community College, selected from over 30 applicants in late November, have spent the past three months reading scientific literature about turtles, shadowing resource management professionals in their jobs, and developing 60-minute presentations targeting public school elementary students.
Marie Auyong, Assistant Instructor of Sea Grant, in particular cherishes contributions by Chamorro education professionals. “I love that Mr. Gabriel Cruz of Wettengel Elementary translated the text, and that Andrew Gumataotao of Chief Brodie—and UOG grad!—wrote a song to incorporate into the presentations. We want to demonstrate that science and Chamorro Studies are complementary disciplines.”
For more information about the Turtle Education Outreach Internship, Haggan Tåsi Siha coloring book, and classroom presentations, contact Marie Auyong, Assistant Instructor for Sea Grant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 685-4355.
The National Sea Grant College Program is a partnership between universities and the Federal Government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency within the Department of Commerce. The Sea Grant network includes more than 3,000 scientists,engineers, public outreach experts, educators, and students. Based in the UOG Cooperative Extension & Outreach Service, UOG Sea Grant brings the science of coastal resources to Guam’s people as one of 33 programs across the nation. To learn more about University ofGuam Sea Grant, see www.cnas-re.uog.edu.
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