Aransas Pass, TX – Feb 20, 2021 –
The Gulf of Mexico Foundation Science and Spanish Club Network received
a group scholarship of $900 from the Texas Marine Advisory Service,
covering almost all expenses for 18 club members to participate in a
hands-on field trip today.
The field trip was part of the
Texas A&M University’s Floating Classroom Program – a jointly sponsored costal
studies initiative of the Texas Sea Grant College Program and Texas Cooperative
Extension. The trip was a hands-on investigative cruise aboard the program’s 57-foot
teaching vessel, the R/V Karma.
Field trips aboard the Karma, along
with a series of shore-side exercises and activities, are part of the Floating
Classroom Program – designed to help youngsters gain a greater awareness and
understanding of the environments, natural resources and human activities which
are woven together to produce the fabric of the Texas Gulf Coast.
The Gulf of Mexico Foundation, which sponsors the Science and Spanish Club Network, is a nonprofit
organization aimed at promoting conservation, education and research in the Gulf
of Mexico. The Network is funded by grants from the Texas General Land Office,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Environmental
Protection Administration. Project coordinator Richard Gonzales led the students to Matagorda Bay to
participate in the all-day event.
Willie Younger, Coordinator of Texas A&M's Floating Classroom Program, said, “The Marine Advisory
Service has received generous funding from both public and private sources which
has allowed us to both develop this unique educational adventure and to promote
greater access to the guided learning experience our rich coastal waters and
shores provide. At least for the foreseeable future, we should have the
opportunity to handsomely subsidize schools, 4-H clubs, scouts, home-school
associations and other organized youth groups from across the state wishing to
develop an enduring appreciation of the coast.”
For more information on the
Floating Classroom Program and its group scholarship opportunities, contact
Younger at 979/863-2940 or e-mail