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Erica Moulton

 

Erica loves the challenge of answering the question "what do you do?" She's a marine scientist, educator, adventurer and maker with more than 20 years’ experience designing, developing and implementing continuing education & marine and environmental education courses. Erica has worked in the U.S. and abroad with experience, in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, including most aspects of education programming and outreach. Her work is a combination of a lot of my passions. Underwater robots, scuba diving, outreach education, grant writing, exploring and citizen science. It may seem like different directions all at the same time, but really they are all pointed in the same direction - using science to explore.

 

In her day job, she's the Director of the St. Petersburg College STEM Center at Bay Pines, engaging students in contextualized curriculum and in her free time she runs PVC ROV, a small business geared toward building and teaching others about underwater robots. She also serves as the Director of the Center for Open Exploration (C4OE) my non-profit providing connections to grant opportunities for citizen science projects and she was just recently honored for this work by NAUI Worldwide for Environmental Enrichment.

Erica has been able to put her skills to use in varied science teams ranging from being a part of a team of four scientists who facilitated an aquaculture experiment aboard the Space Shuttle Mission STS 95, with Astronaut John Glenn to leading the ROV education component of the Sedna Epic Expedition Team in the Arctic. She's been SCUBA diving since the age of 13 and is also an AAUS Certified Scientific Diver, and has certifications in Nitrox, Rescue & DrySuit diving.

 

Erica's life passion is helping others understand science, especially through her technical contributions to the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) kits used in student competitions and simple ocean exploration. She jumps at every opportunity to teach people how to work in the underwater world.

ROV's have been an important research tool for deep sea exploration. Join Erica in building your very own underwater robot at the beginning of October. Ready, set, build!

Evening Presentation: Sunday, October 3rd

Field Project: Build your own ROV Monday, October 4 with an additional session possible Thursday, October 7th