Students Conduct Scientific Research Using Advanced Marine Equipment

Students helped San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park collect underwater data about water quality and the condition of their historic fleet.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of six National Historic Landmark vessels: 1886 square-rigger Balclutha, 1890 steam ferryboat Eureka, 1891 scow schooner Alma, 1895 schooner C.A. Thayer, 1907 steam tug Hercules, and 1915 steam schooner Wapama.

Local high school students applied classroom learning to real-life scientific research by assisting with the collection of largely untapped, mission critical underwater data. During multiple visits to the park, students from Galileo Academy of Science and Technology programmed and operated an underwater remotely operated vehicle and submersible inspection grade camera to study the park's submerged resources.

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