Episode 117: How Do You Save Baby Sea Turtles?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Marsha Tufft, engineer

Dr. Tufft has degrees in mechanical (BSME-Purdue), aerospace (MSAsE- University of Cincinnati), and materials engineering (Ph.D.- University of Dayton). She worked 30+ years that I worked as an engineer professionally at GE Aviation .She is also an active volunteer with GE volunteers and Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. Dr. Tufft has received awards for science experiments she developed and led with more than 1,000 girls over the years during the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s summer camps. You can find her experiments and projects on her website, www.putneydesigns.com.
Dr. Tufft’s passion is helping kids become creative problem-solvers and engage with STEM–science, technology, engineering, math. She wrote a fiction book series to help change attitudes about science and math to encourage more kids to consider STEM fields, get comfortable with learning from failure, and bounce back with renewed confidence. Her thoughts are that stories change attitudes.

Marsha’s first book, The Secret of the Magic eyePad: Putney Hicks Inventor Adventures–Book 1, won the Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal for Children–Adventure. Her latest book, The Sea Turtle Spy Project: Putney Hicks Inventor Adventures–Book 4, features a real invention that is saving baby sea turtle lives on Hilton Head Island!
Marsha’s STEM experiment work with the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and GE Volunteers has been recognized with the Girl Scouts Appreciation Pin, the 2018 GE Volunteers Award, and the 2021 GE Aviation Outstanding Retiree Award.
Because math is so important to success in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math—Marsha has fun experiments that show the magic and power of math.
Find more about Dr. Marsha and her books here -> https://putneydesigns.com/the-sea-turtle-project/
Lights at night on a beach

Lights at night like these can cause baby sea turtle misorientations- credit Marsha Tufft

 

 

Sea turtle tent

Tent Dr. Marsha created to protect sea turtles — credit Marsha Tufft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Challenge:

Pick up trash on the beach during the day and be sure to knock down your sand castle when you’re done for the day. You want to make it easy for the sea turtles to find the ocean.

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The Sea Turtle Spy Project

 

Highlighted book for this episode

The Sea Turtle Spy Project by Marsha Tufft

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book List

Leatherback Sea Turtles: Ancient Swimming Reptiles by Rebecca E. Hirsch (Lerner Books)

National Geographic Kids Mission: Sea Turtle Rescue: All About Sea Turtles and How to Save Them by Karen Romano Young (NGKids)

Zoology: Cool Women Who Work With Animals by Jennifer Swanson  (Nomad Press)

Ocean: A Visual Encyclopedia by Doring Kindersly

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