Online Underwater First! Project SeaCAMEL: Live Broadcasts November 12 - 14

Marine Science Classes from the Aquarius Habitat

Nov 08, 2007, 00:00 ET from Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

    KEY LARGO, Fla., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Distance learning
 goes to the extreme November 12 - 14, when Project SeaCAMEL aquanauts go
 live with high tech marine science classes broadcast from Aquarius, the
 world's only undersea research station.
     Live action coral reef science will be a click away for students and
 ocean enthusiasts around the world via satellite and the Internet from
 Conch Reef, located 4 miles off Key Largo and 60-feet beneath the sea in
 the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
     The mission is the first in a series of online sea-to-shore educational
 programs sponsored by the Maryland-based Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans
 Foundation ( ), a non-profit
 organization focusing on ocean research and conservation.
     The university-level science experiments using high-tech undersea tools
 to collect data will also have broad appeal to younger audiences. Numerous
 schools, museums, and aquariums across the country, in Mexico and Great
 Britain are expected to participate. A curriculum for 8th-12th-graders is
 also available online from project partner Immersion Presents
     ( ).
     Support for the live broadcasts will be provided by Media Arts, Inc.
     Six live webcasts begin airing Monday, November 12: and
     Class Schedule:
     Monday 12 Nov, 2-3 PM: Intro to the Aquarius Reef Base
     Monday 12 Nov, 7-8 PM: The Reef at Night
     Tuesday 13 Nov, 11-12 Noon: Reefs under Siege
     Tuesday 13 Nov, 2-3 PM: Sponges: the Reef's Filters
     Wednesday 14 Nov, 11-12 Noon: The Boundary Layers of the Reef
     Wednesday 14 Nov, 2-3 PM: Aquarius as an Artificial Reef
     In the "Reefs under Siege" class, students will learn about the basic
 biology of corals and the threats reefs are facing worldwide from climate
 change and human activities. The aquanauts will assess the reef's health by
 measuring the percentage of corals covering the sea floor, and will use
 sophisticated equipment to evaluate how corals perform under severe storm
     During the last broadcast, Michael Crockett, a senior from Gloucester
 High School in Gloucester, Va., will play a unique role when he sends
 online commands to an underwater robotic fish, Fetch1. This will be the
 first-ever attempt to control a free-swimming robotic vehicle over the
     The Project SeaCAMEL aquanaut team includes: Mark Patterson, Virginia
 Institute of Marine Science; Living Oceans Executive Director Philip
 Renaud, USN (ret); Chief Project Scientist Annelise Hagan; videographer DJ
 Roller and Aquarius crewmembers Craig Cooper and Jim Buckley.
     Aquarius is owned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
 Administration (NOAA) and managed by the University of North Carolina,
     Distribution Details:
     Commodity Internet
     Multicast Address: port 4424
     Satellite:          AMC-3
     Location:           87 Degrees West
     Receive Polarity:   Vertical
     Receive Frequency:  12,064 MHz
     L-Band:             1,314   MHz
     Symbol Rate:        6.500   MS/s
     FEC:                2/3
     English Channel (Service):  34 
     Media Contacts: For more information, and to schedule advance and live
 underwater interviews with the Aquanauts:
     Terri Taylor
     Project SeaCAMEL
     Dr. Ellen Prager
     Chief Scientist, Aquarius Reef Base
     Ph 305.451.0233 ext 206
     Related Links:
     Project SeaCAMEL Goes Live November 12-14!

SOURCE Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation