Thursday, May 30, 2013

A SailBuoy by any other name…

"ArgoKnot" collecting data on the high seas!
The “Name That Buoy” contest ended just in time for our intrepid adventurer to have a moniker as it completed its journey in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. We received entries from high schools around the state and were very pleased with the interest that our SailBuoy generated among students and teachers. 

After careful consideration and debate by judges, the name ArgoKnot, submitted by Mr. Shawn Walker’s Marine Science class at West Florida High School in Pensacola, was chosen. 
Mr. Shawn Walker's Marine Science Class
Deep-C researcher Dr. Richard Snyder (UWF) and Deep-C coordinator Tracy Ippolito visited West Florida High and presented Mr. Walker and his class with a token of our appreciation for their participation and inspired name suggestion. Dr. Snyder's presentation about the Gulf of Mexico as well as three dozen donuts (fresh from the oven) were also very well-received! 

ArgoKnot was just one of many creative and thoughtful names suggested by followers of our SailBuoy. A few of the other suggestions made were: 
  • Seward - submitted by Ms. Sawyer’s Biology class at West Florida High School of Advanced Technology in Pensacola, FL
  • Selkie - submitted by Mrs. O’Mara’s AP Environmental Science class at Seminole High School in Osceola, FL
  • Herman - submitted by Mrs. Caitlin Ellis’s Florida Ecology class at Maclay High School in Tallahassee, FL) 
Thank you to everyone who participated in our contest and followed ArgoKnot’s data collecting mission around the Gulf! 

Dr. Nico Wienders (FSU) reunited with the "ArgoKnot" after her two months at sea!
 Posted by:

Amelia Vaughan,
Ocean Science Educator

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