OGLETHORPE CHARTER SCHOOL
Girls in Engineering and Maritime Science (GEM)
Oglethorpe Charter School is a Savannah, Georgia, middle-school serving grades 6 to 8. This Great Blue Challenge winner’s grant will be used in three areas: 1) to create the Girls Engineering, Marine Science, and other STEM Careers program, known as GEMS, for seventh and eighth grade minority female students; 2) to promote interest in marine science and STEM though researching real world ocean issues using Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROVS) at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary; and 3) enable GEMS students to conduct a study of the marine eco-system then present their at the STEM Forum in Athens, Georgia, and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Film Festival, in Savannah, Georgia.
GEMS students will learn to construct Triggerfish ROVS and camera systems and will use them to closely study reef biodiversity, the effects of marine debris, or participate in the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) program to collect data on fish populations in and around Gray’s Reef.