Every year the Consortium for Ocean Leadership sponsors 25 regional high school competitions focused on marine science topics. Winners from these regional events then converge on a single location for the National Finals Competition.
In 2011, the finals competition was held at the Texas A&M University Galveston campus for the first time ever. Planning for this event included the development of artwork to represent the theme of Human Responses to Ocean Events. Sanctuary Advisory Council member/artist Jacqui Stanley stepped up to this task.
NOSB painting by artist/council member Jacqui Stanley
Using a research cruise photo as reference, she created this painting that shows divers checking on semi-permeable membrane devices (used to detect the presence of hydrocarbons) in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This then became the centerpiece of the competition logo and appeared on the program cover as well as event t-shirts. The painting itself was auctioned off to raise funds for the NOSB program.
T-shirt and program designs developed using Jacqui's
and given a Texas flair
Of course the competition itself was important, but this multi-day event also included a speed-dating-style career opportunities fair, dinner at the Aquarium at Moody Gardens with guest speaker Sylvia Earle, and field trips to local ocean science destinations.
One of those field trips was on board the R/V MANTA. Students who selected this trip learned about how the research vessel is used and took a short trip offshore to conduct water sampling activities. They also visited the NOAA Fisheries sea turtle facility and the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network rehabilitation facility.
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Photo credits: FGBNMS/Drinnen