Dunton will speak to kids about science in the Arctic
Dr. Ken Dunton will conduct a lecture on the Arctic as part of an evening of science activities for children on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the H.G. Olsen Elementary School cafeteria.
Dunton, a marine science professor at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas (UTMSI), repeatedly has visited the Arctic on scientific research expeditions.
Dunton also is a member of the Port Aransas Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Science Night's activities will begin at 6:30 p.m., with Dunton's lecture scheduled for 7:15 p.m. The night will wrap up about 8 p.m.
The free event is geared for children from third through eighth grades.
Science Night is being conducted as part of a $1.8 million National Science Foundation grant that involves marine science graduate students helping teach science in elementary and middle school classrooms in Port Aransas, Flour Bluff and Austin. Dunton and a colleague at U.T. in Austin are the grant's principal investigators.
Brad Gemmell, a marine science graduate student at UTMSI, helps provide instruction at a fifth-grade science lab at H.G. Olsen Elementary School once a week as part of the grant.
Plans are to later expand the graduate student instruction to grades six and seven at Brundrett Middle School, Dunton said. Activities fi- nanced by the grant are to be spread over about four years, he said.