Charlotte Educator Selected for Ocean Exploration Fellowship with Titanic Wreck Discoverer Robert Ballard

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Beverly Owens, Program Manager at Discovery Place Education Studio, has been selected from thousands of applicants as a 2015 Science Communication Fellow through the Ocean Exploration Trust, and will spend several weeks at sea on a research and exploration vessel with Dr. Bob Ballard who discovered the Titanic. Owens, along with 28 educators and 26 students from 25 US states and five countries, will be work to engage students and the public in the wonders of ocean exploration, sharing discoveries from the 2015 mission, as well as inviting others to learn aspects of daily life aboard a working exploration vessel.

“Beverly invests herself passionately in all that she finds worthy of pursuit, and is an extremely talented teacher and academician who could work in the industry of her choice.  Despite this fact, she continues to work on behalf of teachers and children.  For Beverly, teaching is a mission not a profession. She is very active in science education leadership in the larger community,” said Discovery Place Education Studio Director, Stephanie Hathaway.  “Beverly has dedicated her career to the improvement of science teaching and learning.  Beverly consistently seeks new avenues of professional growth, and she enjoys sharing her love of science with other educators.”

Owens will be conducting multiple live video chats from on board Exploration Vessel Nautilus, which will broadcast at Discovery Place, Inc. Museums. Guests can live video chat with Owens at Discovery Place on May 17 at 3:00 p.m. in the Explore More Life lab. Many local schools will also video chat with Owens from their classrooms using Nautilus Live.

While on board E/V Nautilus, Owens will be working with scientists and engineers to conduct research operations, such as working on the state-of-the-art deep-sea robotic laboratory, featuring remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) named Hercules and Argus.  Additional research projects include mapping operations with the ship’s multi-beam sonar and researching a 17th century shipwreck, mud volcanoes, brine pools and deep sea coral habitats. Prior to her departure on May 13, Owens will undergo four days of intensive training at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, and will then embark for a three week exploration in the Gulf of Mexico and transit to the Pacific Ocean via the Panama Canal.

At the end of her voyage, Owens will return to Discovery Place Education Studio to develop STEM-oriented lessons to engage teachers and educators about the excitement of ocean exploration that can be incorporated into classroom lesson plans, community presentations and informal education.
Join Beverly Owens’s adventure while she is at sea via 24-hour streaming video at You can also follow the expedition on social media − on Twitter as @EVNautilus and on Facebook or Instagram at @NautilusLive − and through live video interactions at Discovery Place.
The Science Communication Fellowship is made possible with sponsorship from Bechtel, the Office of Naval Research, the Florida Panthers Foundation, and private donations.

About the Ocean Exploration Trust
The Ocean Exploration Trust was founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard to explore the ocean, seeking out new discoveries in the fields of geology, biology, maritime history, archaeology, physics, and chemistry while pushing the boundaries of STEM education and technological innovation. Our international program is launched from aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, offering live exploration to participants on shore and the public via live video, audio, and data feeds. The major 2015 expedition and education sponsors are the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Bechtel, the Florida Panthers Foundation, CITGO, Office of Naval Research, the National Geographic Society, University of Rhode Island, and additional private donors. Follow us online at, on Facebook and Instagram at NautilusLive, and on Twitter as @EVNautilus.
About Discovery Place Education Studio
Discovery Place Education Studio is Discovery Place’s professional development program serving pre K-12 educators from schools, museums, science centers, zoos and aquariums. The Education Studio provides ongoing training in science, technology, engineering and math to educators throughout the Southeast. It is the first WestEd Making Sense of SCIENCE professional development partner on East Coast.

The Education Studio is uniquely located adjacent to Discovery Place at Bank of America STEM Center for Career Development at 300 North Poplar Street. Convenient parking is available in Discovery Place’s parking deck – the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex – at the corner of Sixth and Church Streets. For more information, visit or call 704.372.6261 x 505.

Discovery Place, Inc. owns and operates Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum, Discovery Place KIDS in Huntersville and Rockingham and is supported, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council.

NCTechNews is published by Innovative Public Relations, Inc. (, a Research Triangle-based consultancy providing PR and media relations services to help clients achieve their business development and organizational goals. NCTechNews supplements quality reporting provided by respected media outlets throughout North Carolina and the United States.