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High-school students and teachers from Oak Park School were photographed with Tara Miller
Above: High-school students and teachers from Oak Park School were photographed with Tara Miller (standing at far left). [larger version]

Do you remember what it was like to be in high school? The pressures of trying to decide whether college was right for you and what you wanted to achieve? U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists at the St. Petersburg Science Center in St. Petersburg, FL, were reminded on November 19 when 16 high-school students from Oak Park School visited the center. A teacher from the Sarasota school contacted Jennifer Oates (USGS) to schedule a field trip during which students could meet and interact with scientists.

Tara Miller presented research relating to the National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards Project, including the Coastal Classification Atlas, recent hurricane-impact studies, and research on historical shoreline change. She helped the students learn how to determine the hazard vulnerability of an area on the basis of geomorphic features and conditions presented in the Coastal Classification Maps. Devastation from the recent hurricane season, seen in aerial photographs and lidar (light detection and ranging) images, caught students by surprise.

After Tara's presentation, the students were led on a tour of the center, during which Chad Stout told the group what happens in the center's lab. They were interested to learn about the diversity of scientific research being conducted in the center. After the tour, students walked to a restaurant on the University of South Florida's campus. The number of students expressing an interest in attending college after the USGS trip was remarkable.

Special thanks to Russ Peterson and Laurinda Travers for printing posters for the group to take back to their classroom. The posters provided background information relating to the Coastal Classification Atlas, as well as an aerial map of Sarasota County. These posters gave the students a personal connection to the impact USGS science has on their community.

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National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards
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St. Petersburg Science Center
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