WHOI volunteer Rich Minor shares a starfish specimen with a young student from the Perkins School for the Blind. A group from the school toured WHOI in the fall of 2006. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
OceanInsight is a collaboration between Dr. Amy Bower of the Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution and Perkins
School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. The oldest school for
the blind in the US, Perkins offers accredited K-12 education to over
200 students on campus as well as support to local educational
organizations for the blind in over 50 developing countries.
goals of the collaboration are to communicate the importance of
understanding how the earth works, instill the excitement of
oceanographic research, and introduce Perkins students to careers in
the geosciences that they might not otherwise consider as accessible to
Ongoing activities include:
Perkins students will pose questions and receive answers via the
website while participating in classroom projects related to Dr.
Bower's research They will have an opportunity to observe the work of a
research scientist who shares their particular disability.
- interaction with Perkins
science teachers to learn how best to present scientific material to
- hands-on presentations for students and parents on oceanographic
topics and oceanography as a career.
- development of an accessible
expedition web site that documents shipboard life throughout the
September 2007 Irminger Rings research cruise.
Last updated: May 7, 2008