Episode 5 Classroom Under the Sea

bruceAndJessica2 Why Two Roane State Community College Educators Attempt World Record Stay Underwater for 72 Days…

I had the  pleasure recently to interview Bruce Cantrell & Jessica Fain from Roane State Community College.  They are part of an amazing and innovative project called Classroom Under the Sea. The two college professors have been diving together for years and have taken many groups down to the Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida but had no idea that they had been in training for this mission for all of those years.  They are both  aquanauts that have spent time living under the sea in the MarineLab Undersea Laboratory but nothing close to the 72 day stay they will be attempting from October 4 through December 15 of 2014. The goal of the project is not just to set a world record but to also bring more attention to the education of students about the importance of our oceans and to help understand how they can be involved in making a real difference to conserve one of our greatest resources on the planet. It all starts with education and opportunity.  Bruce and Jessica will be broadcasting classes from the undersea lab to students all over the world. Bruce will head up the college course that students can take for full college course credits.  Jessica will take the lead in bringing the project to classrooms all over the world via live , interactive  internet broadcasting which will allow students to interact with them via chat based Q&A sessions. How cool is that? They will be bringing the underwater world right into the classroom!  You can find out all about the project on their website here or by following them on Twitter  & .  Listen to the interview with them on the ScubaPath Podcast as they explain it all and talk about their journey that has brought them to this point in their lives and careers. They graciously share their advice if you are interested in following a similar path in life. Please share this amazing project with your local teachers so that they can participate in the program to educate your local youth! Other Media Coverage Below:

Dive News Network Menu under the sea

Dive News Network Classroom Under the Sea provides unique educational opportunity

Blogger Michael Lombardi Why live underwater, 72 days and beyond

Miami Herald Educators aim to set record in Key Largo for longest stint in an underwater habitatSan

Francisco Chronicle Educators aim to set underwater record

Florida Key News Two professors to attempt undersea record

Oak Ridge Today (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) Roane State faculty members plan record-breaking underwater stay

Times Free-Press (Chattanooga, Tenn.) Roane State Community College going for an undersea record of 72 days

Knoxville News Sentinel (Knoxville, Tenn.) Submerged: Two Roane State instructors to live, teach undersea for 72 days

Roane County News (Kingston, Tenn.) 72 days under the sea: Two Roane State faculty members plan to live under the surface of the ocean for 72 days this fall semester.

WBIR-NBC (Knoxville, Tenn.) Roane State professors to teach underwater

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