It was a brisk, but sunny morning on Monday, Oct. 5 when Bob Dedrick ’98 and his environmental science students pulled up in a yellow school bus to board the Colleges’ William Scandling research vessel. Dedrick’s high school class took part in the Science on Seneca program of the Finger Lakes Institute, which enables teachers and students to use the Scandling as their own science lab.
According to Dedrick, a secondary earth and environmental science teacher at Canandaigua Academy, his class of about 40 students compared Canandaigua and Seneca lakes, conducting a number of different experiments, including a pH test and zebra mussel tests. Half of the students left on the vessel in the morning to conduct these tests and returned around noon to switch groups. The students also graphed water quality using the HWS computer lab and took a campus tour through the Office of Admissions.
Dedrick was recently announced as a finalist for the 2009 Excellence in Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Teaching Award, given by the Rochester Area Colleges Center for Excellence in Math and Science. He has been teaching for nine years and “is known as an innovative teacher, passionate about science and providing meaningful, engaging and authentic learning experiences to his students.”
In recognition of “The innovative approach he took in creating virtual field trips for his students through the use of Google Earth, allowing them to make ‘virtual visits’ to almost any spot on the globe,” Dedrick received a $2,000 travel scholarship to the STEM education conference of their choice, complements of Wards Natural Science.
Graduating with honors from Hobart College, Dedrick received a B.S. in geoscience, as well as the Sutherland Prize in Natural Science.