Today’s Class: November 16, 2018

Today’s guests were Catalina Martinez, Regional Program Manager,

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography

and Nikolai Pawlenko,  a commissioned officer at the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, University of Rhode Island School of Oceanography.   Today’s hosts were Kevin Torres and Robert Desilets who welcomed Catalina and Nikolai to the Hope Life Skills class.

Kevin Torres (front left) welcomes Catalina Martinez while Robert Desilets (left background) welcomes Nikolai Pawlenko to Hope High School prior to the start of today’s class.

After escorting Catalina and Nikolai into the Life Skills classroom, Kevin introduces Catalina to his classmates while Robert waits to do the same with Nikolai.

Robert introduces Nikolai to his classmates.

Following the introductions, each student welcomes Catalina and Nikolai to Hope High School. Darwin Morales extends his hand to Catalina to welcome her to the class.

Catalina and Nikolai begin the class by describing their jobs at NOAA and the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

Catalina shares a video of an unusual discovery by a robot at one of the deepest parts of the earth’s ocean floor.

Nikolai also shows another video of a strange, first-of-its-kind encounter by one of NOAA’s robots on the ocean’s floor.

Catalina and Nikolai also shared the challenges each faced before achieving the success they enjoy today at NOAA.

Catalina and Nikolai encourage students interested in more information about careers in oceanography to check out the web sites listed above.



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