Two professors at an East Tennessee community college plan to spend 73 days in an underwater laboratory in a unique educational endeavor that will also attempt to break a world record.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that beginning Friday, 63-year-old Bruce Cantrell and 25-year-old Jessica Fain will live in a special habitat called Jules Undersea Lodge that is 25-feet down in an ocean lagoon in Key Largo, Florida.
During their time underwater, they will interview marine science experts and others for a weekly live online broadcast called “Classroom Under the Sea.” Among those who plan scuba-dive down to the laboratory is 84-year-old Buzz Aldrin, the second astronaut to set foot on the moon.
“The opportunity to sit down with Buzz Aldrin makes 73 days underwater worth it,” said Cantrell, a former state representative who has been teaching at Roane State Community College since 1992.
The professors hope that their underwater experiment and the weekly broadcast will help raise awareness about issues affecting the oceans and inspire young people to pursue science, technology and math careers.