CFF & Falmouth High Students To Track Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Students at the high school level have few opportunities to engage in science outside their classrooms. But with the help of a generous grant from the Falmouth Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation, CFF sea turtle experts will soon bring active research on the threatened loggerhead sea turtle to classrooms at Falmouth High School.

CFF's “Turtle Tagging Project: Tracking Loggerheads in the Atlantic Ocean with Falmouth High School Students” will give FHS’s Marine Ecology, Environmental Science, and STEM9 students the opportunity to participate in an ongoing research project over the entire semester.

The project centers around the study of a single loggerhead turtle to which CFF has affixed (or “tagged” with) an underwater, GPS monitoring device. CFF researchers will share select data from the tagging device with FHS students at regular intervals, providing a window into the methods scientists use to conduct marine research, as well as the tools for understanding of ocean ecology and marine life. Students will have the opportunity to assimilate the real-world concepts into their current classroom curriculum.

Samir Patel, Ph.D., CFF’s turtle expert and a former high school teacher, will lead the project in collaboration with Falmouth High School teacher Cheryl Milliken. Dr. Patel explains, “It will be great to bring some of my own research back into the classroom. The project will give students a deeper understanding of ocean ecology, marine life, and specifically, the forces that impact the location, distribution and health of the loggerhead sea turtle.”

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