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In celebration of Earth Day, schools in six U.S. locations will co-adopt a drifting buoy with partnering schools in other countries during April 2012. Student essay and art contest winners will have the opportunity to deploy their school's drifter from a boat at sea. All students are invited to track these special drifters as they journey in the currents of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean transmitting sea surface temperature data to satellites as they go. You can track their course and access their data by clicking on the school names below.

Check out the media information, videos, winning essays and artwork, and photos on the page below as they become available.

Email diane.stanitski@noaa.gov with questions or comments about the drifters.

Boston, MA | Deployment Date: April 17, 2012

Schools and Teachers:

    U.S. – Massachusetts school
    Gates Intermediate (Ecology Club), Scituate, MA; Ms. Jean Chambers (7th grade) and
    Ms. Dori Read (8th grade)

    Boston Latin Academy, Boston, MA;
    Mr. Tom Hocker

    International Partner – Dominican Republic school
    Samana, Sanchez Municipality, Mr. Tomas Bienvenido Diaz Romero

Deployment Date: April 17, 2012
Location: NE Aquarium pier
Vessel: Stellwagen Bank R/V Auk
NOAA leadership participation: Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA

View photos, videos, and track
drifter Serial#: 37455


Alabama | Deployment Date: April 20, 2012

Schools and Teachers:
    U.S. - Alabama schools
    Auburn High School, Auburn, Opelika Co. Mr. Stan Arington
    Murphy High School, Mobile, Mobile Co., Ms. Sharon Delchamps
    Daphne High School, Daphne, Baldwin Co., Ms. Kirsten Patterson

    International Partner – Mexico school
    Colegio Bilingue Madison Veracruz, Mexico
    Mr. Angel Crespo

Deployment Date: April 20, 2012
Location: Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Vessel: R/V Alabama Discovery

View photos, videos, and track
drifter Serial#: 37389


Maui, HI | Deployment Date: April 23, 2012

Schools and Teachers:
    U.S. – Hawaii schools
    Kihei Charter School (high school)
    - Ms. Melissa Shaffer & Ms. Lisa Davis
    Baldwin High School - Ms. Cathy Knowlton

    International Partner – Republic of the Marshall Islands
    RMI-University of South Pacific, Joint Educational Program, Mr. Fereti Sefeti

Deployment Date: April 23
Location: Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Vessel: Catamaran, Trilogy Excursions

View photos, videos, and track
drifter Serial#: 101825


Seattle, WA| Deployment: Week of May 21, 2012

Schools and Teachers:
    U.S. – Seattle, WA school
    Ballard HS Maritime Academy, Ms. Megan Vogel

Drifter Deployment Date: Week of May 21, 2012
Location: Gulf of Alaska
Vessel: NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson

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drifter Serial#: 107586


Miami, Fl | Deployment Date: April 27, 2012

Schools and Teachers:

    U.S. – Florida school
    Key Biscayne K-8 Center, Key Biscayne, FL;
    Ms. Erica Corey

    International Partner – Chile school
    The International Preparatory School;
    Ms. Constanza Recabarren, Elementary School

Deployment Date: April 27, 2012
Location: Rickenbacker Marina, Miami
Vessel: R/V Hildebrand

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drifter Serial#: 37456


Santa Barbara, CA | Deployment Date: May 1st, 2012

Schools and Teachers:
    U.S. – California school
    Oak Park High School, Dr. Anthony Knight
    Montalvo Elementary, Mr. José Chicote

    International Partner – Chile school
    The International Preparatory School;
    Mr. Hector Perez Schulz, High School Geography

Deployment Date: May 1st, 2012
Location: Santa Barbara Harbor
Vessel: Channel Islands NMS R/V Shearwater

View photos, videos, and track
drifter Serial#: 37418

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