NOAA Teacher at Sea Alumna, Beth Lancaster, Attends NOAA Ship Commissioning
Beth Lancaster, a 2008 NOAA Teacher at Sea Alumna, attended the commissioning of a state-of-the-art coastal mapping vessel, NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler, during a special ceremony at NOAA’s Marine Operations Center-Atlantic in Norfolk, VA on June 8, 2012.
Beth led a team of four tenth-grade students at Naugatuck High School in Naugatuck, Connecticut, who won the “Name NOAA’s New Ship” regional contest with the name “Ferdinand R. Hassler.” This contest was open to all middle and high schools in their respective regions of New England and the West Coast.
The students wrote an essay that supported their selection of a ship name. The NOAA contest was designed to encourage students to learn more about the science behind the marine and coastal resources in their regions. Michelina Cioffi, one of Beth’s former students who participated in the contest, also attended the ceremony.