Oceanographer Ballard announces grant to eight R.I. schools

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Oceanographer Robert Ballard on Monday announced a $500,000 state grant to extend his on-line learning project to eight additional public schools.

He spoke before 700 students at Pilgrim High School.

Ballard began his talk with visual images of his own research, which include his discovery of the Titanic wreck on the North Atlantic seafloor as well as ongoing expeditions around the world aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus.

Last year, the General Assembly awarded $500,000 to launch JASON Learning, a non-profit founded by Ballard that teaches more than 2 million students every year in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and math.

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