Discovery Hall Programs invites all educators to check out their new STEM workshop, Build-a-Drifter, in the new year. 

Drifters are devices that track water currents. They can be constructed from simple and inexpensive materials, launched in local waters, and followed through a phone app using GPS tracking.  Drifters have been used to track oil from spills, lost vessels and even trash in the ocean.

On January 28, DHP will host a workshop that shares how to bring this STEM and data-rich activity into classrooms. Participants will build model drifters and explore a series of lesson plans focused on drifters, the Mobile Bay watershed and the problem of debris in local waters. 

The workshop will be held on Monday, January 28 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Environmental Studies Center in Mobile, Alabama. Hold your seat at the workshop with a $25 refundable registration fee. The registration fee will be refunded upon completion of the workshop. 

To register, click here. Questions can be emailed to or call 251-861-2141 x7515.

Check out DHP’s other Educator Workshops available in 2019 at

Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA – March 23
Fins, Fishes & Fisheries – June 9-13
FACTS: Fish, Algae & Chemistry for Teachers – June 23-27
Time traveling through coastal history using seashells: A STEAM approach – July 16-19
Technology in Marine Science: ROVs – July 28-August 1