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Science, Technology & Engineering Day 2011 Speaker
Dr. Robert D. Ballard
Explorer and Oceanographer
GW Fifth Annual Science, Technology, & Engineering Day
GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus, in partnership with Loudoun County Public Schools, will host its fifth annual “Science, Technology and Engineering Day.” Approximately 150 high school students and their teachers will attend the day-long event participating in interactive workshops introducing students to research and discoveries in science, technology, and engineering. Dr. Ballard will offer the lunchtime keynote to participants on the fun and mystery of science education.
Dr. Ballard, an “Explorer in Residence” at National Geographic, discovered the sunken RMS Titanic using the latest in underwater exploration technology and deep diving robotic submersibles, much of which he assisted in developing. His pursuit of shipwrecks is creating the new field of archeological oceanography through his discovery of the Bismarck, the Lusitania, John Kennedy's PT-109, and numerous ancient shipping vessels.
Dr. Ballard began his career exploring and mapping the ocean floor. In doing so, he discovered the existence of hydrothermal vents at the Galapagos rift and at the Juan de Fuca Ridge, and an abundance of plant and sea life never before identified.
To bring the wonders of scientific discovery into the classroom, Dr. Ballard created The Jason Project, now headquartered at the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus. A pioneer of distance learning and an active proponent of STEM education, he has developed telecommunications technology that allows school children worldwide to follow his explorations live.