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Charlotte Amalie
Wednesday, May 29, 2024


Nov. 8, 2001 – Suppose there were a comic-book hero named Detective Goo Too. What do you think he would do?
Dozens — perhaps hundreds — of local youngsters in grades 4 through 6 will get to find out between Nov. 13 and 21, when they take part in workshops aimed at giving them an understanding of coastal pollution, particularly what's called "non-point source" pollution — caused, for example, by rainfall and runoff.
The workshops are part of a project being undertaken by the V.I. Marine Advisory Service at the University of the Virgin Islands Center for Marine Environmental Studies and the UVI Science and Mathematics Division. "Youngsters Understanding Coastal Pollution: A Dynamic Approach to Environmental Teaching." is the official title.
Rosenid Hernandez-Badia, UVI assistant professor of biology, explains: "Our goal is to create awareness of human impacts on our coastal environments through the comic book 'Detective Goo Too Preventing Water Pollution' and demonstrations with a non-point source pollution model."
Thirteen interactive student workshops will be offered at the MacLean Marine Science Center on the UVI St. Thomas campus. In addition, morning and afternoon workshops for elementary teachers are set for Nov. 15 and 15. The teacher workshops will provide guidelines on how to link the "Goo Too" experience to a class unit related to the impact of humans on the marine environment.
For workshop registration information, or to learn more, call Hernandez-Badia at 693-1383 or contact her via e-mail.

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