High school students embark on Red Sea adventure

WASHINGTON, D.C.--U.S. high school students will partner with an all-star team of U.S., U.K., Canadian, Austrian, French and Saudi Arabian scientist divers as virtual participants in an unprecedented high-tech expedition to the Red Sea. Only five schools in the nation were selected to work with the expedition team as they study the Red Sea's famous coral reefs.

"This will be some of the most advanced coral reef environment research, with the fastest turnaround and major international impact, to date," said Philip Renaud, executive director of Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, the organization leading the expedition.

"In addition to conducting groundbreaking research, we will provide the nation's leading students with unique opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills necessary for a career in marine science," said Renaud. "We hope our work will raise their awareness of the importance of coral reefs and threats to the long-term survival of the rainforests of the sea."

The Foundation selected the following participating schools for their excellence in marine science education:

  • Bellarmine Preparatory School Tacoma, Washington
  • Kamehameha School Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Montgomery Blair High School Silver Spring, Maryland
  • South Broward High School Hollywood, Florida
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Alexandria, Virginia

Students will follow the team's progress and participate in near-real time Q&A with the scientists. Findings from the expedition will guide international policy on coral reef management, and Living Oceans Foundation will use footage from the voyage to produce a professional documentary film.

The Red Sea expedition, beginning May 3, will focus on threats to coral health such as global climate change, ecotourism, over-fishing, pollution and development. Scientists will map and survey the Farasan Islands Marine Pro

Contact: Patrick Slevin
Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

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