Florida Marine Science Educators Meet in Panama City Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH - Florida marine science educators are trying to beef up their curriculum during this weekend's conference.

A group of educators from across the state attended sessions at Surfside Middle School this Saturday. The sessions started at 9 A.M. and ended at 5 P.M.

There were exhibits and a STEM panel along with workshops for teacher participants. The Gulf Specimen Public Aquarium also brought a van with several different marine animals.

"We built what you see behind us when the fuel prices started to rise and school teachers were having more a problem getting into the aquarium," said Cypress Rudloe, Gulf Specimen Marine Lab Executive Director.

"Every year during our annual conference event, we have research tracks and so we bring scientist here so that the educators who are part of this can learn a little more about the art science that's going on and they can translate that back to students and public audience that they're educating," said Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski of the Florida Marine Science Educators Association.

Sufside also had the opportunity to showcase its marine science curriculum. Next year's location will be in Tampa.