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Clean Gulf presenters engage today’s youth in participating in managing natural resources.

Students learn about work at the CleanGulf Conference

December 01, 2016 - Points of Pride

Students from Stewart Middle Magnet and Jefferson’s Maritime/AP Environmental Science/Marine Biology attended the Clean Gulf Conference at the Tampa Convention Center.  The annual Clean Gulf Conference & Exhibition brings together spill response professionals to discuss best practices & lessons-learned in response operations.

Secretary Sally Jewel's Youth Initiative is part of the US Department of the Interior’s (DOI) commitment to bridging the gap between young people and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This outreach effort is part of the PLAY, LEARN, SERVE and WORK outdoors initiative to engage today’s youth in participating in managing our natural resources where the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) along with other federal, state, and local organizations host two days of activities.

According to Gary D. Petrae Captain, NOAA (Ret.), Senior Preparedness Analyst for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, “We hoped to provide the students with some insight into the oil spill planning, preparedness, and response profession and opportunities available to pursue a technical or STEM related career in the field.”

For instance, students who attended the 2016 Clean Gulf conference participated in activities ranging from modeling differing oil viscosities, oil spill mitigation techniques, to interacting with agencies that use technologies including drones and K-9 dogs that help monitor and track oil spills.  “Students were able to apply what they have learned in their STEM classrooms in a real-world context, all while making industry contacts and broadening their career horizons” according to STEM coordinator Joseph Simmons. Furthermore, this initiative is establishing meaningful and deep connections between young people – from every background and every community – and America’s great outdoors.

BSEE is the principal federal agency funding offshore oil spill response research and The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility, Ohmsett is a key part of the bureau’s Oil Spill Response Research Program. Through these connections the Department of Interior is investing in the future caretakers of the nation’s public lands. To learn more visit





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