Chinle Native Selected as Science Fellow for Deep Ocean Exploration in Navajo-Hopi Observer

Navajo Science Teacher Embarks on Global Deep-Sea Expedition as Ocean Exploration Trust Fellow

Kim Etsitty, a science teacher at Navajo Pine High School in Gallup, Arizona, has been selected as a 2024 Science Communication Fellow by the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET). Originally from Chinle, Etsitty will sail on OET’s Exploration Vessel Nautilus this autumn as part of a team exploring deep-sea biology and geology within the Palau National Marine Sanctuary.

Etsitty is one of 13 fellows from schools, science centers, and non-profit organizations across the Pacific and North America who were chosen for this groundbreaking STEAM initiative. She expressed excitement at the opportunity to connect with classrooms worldwide and share her Indigenous ecological knowledge to help restore lands and waters. Etsitty sees her selection as an opportunity to showcase the Diné worldview to leading scientists and inspire future Indigenous scientists.

During her time at sea, Etsitty will have the chance to engage with learners through NautilusLive.org. This experience will give her the platform to share her insights and experiences with a global audience. Through this experience, she hopes to inspire students around the world to pursue careers in STEM fields and make a positive impact on their communities and beyond.

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