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Marine Technology for Teachers and Students (MaTTS) Project

– Now accepting applications!

The Marine Technology for Teachers and Students (MaTTS) Project, based at the University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center and the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus, will be accepting high school teachers for a year-long professional development opportunity. The project focuses on providing teachers and students hands on and virtual experiences with new technologies related to exploring the global ocean and discovering pathways to marine careers using these new tools. Participating teachers will engage colleagues and students at their school, receive training, and gain experience in marine and ocean science technologies and receive a stipend.
Application deadline is Friday, January 8, 2015.
For more information and to apply, please visit:

High School Marine Science Symposium

The Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) have been hosting a High School Marine Science Symposium since 1984. This event attracts hundreds of high schoolers and their teachers to come together and learn about research and practice around marine science topics and issues.  This event features both keynote speakers in a plenary format as well as hands-on break-out workshops led by scientists, policymakers, graduate students, and others engaged in marine-related careers. It is co-sponsored by the Northeastern University Marine Science Center, with additional support from Salem State University.

Today: Gulf of Maine King Tides Photo Contest


Today’s the day: go take a photo at high tide!

Join in the second Gulf of Maine King Tides Photo Contest, taking images of the extreme high tide around midday on October 28, 2015. For more details on submitting photos, see their Participate page.

In conjunction with the Contest, communities are encouraged to organize their own King Tides events—helping people envision future changes. These could include photographic excursions, signs marking future sea levels, street theater, and gallery exhibits.

More information at

Soliciting Public Comment for Revised Science and Technology/Engineering Standards

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, to solicit public comment on the Revised Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) standards. Full STE standards were last developed in 2001, with a minor revision of the high school standards in 2006. The development of this draft began in 2009 and included state revision, involvement with the multi-state Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and state adaptation of the NGSS. Public comment has been critical in this development process. The proposed revised STE standards reflect a number of edits based on consideration of public input received since December 2013.

The public comment will be open through November 20, 2015. All input will be considered. The revised STE standards, the survey, and many other resources, including an updated frequently asked questions section, can be accessed at:

Your input will help to make any additional refinements before adoption.

Project Dragonfly accepting applications for 2016 courses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Now accepting applications for 2016

OXFORD, Ohio (Oct. 15, 2015) – Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2016 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 15 countries throughout the world. New in 2016 are courses in Galápagos and Paraguay.


Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master’s degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master’s part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad.


Project Dragonfly also offers graduate courses and the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master’s degree co-delivered by premier learning institutions in Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, New York, Phoenix, San Diego and Seattle. The AIP master’s takes place on-site and near AIP Master Institutions and through web-based learning communities.


Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.


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Annual Science Contest

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          CONTACT; Jason Clark

September 1, 2015                                                                  (504) 220-0453

Alexandria, VA – The Education Committees of the American Salvage Association (ASA) together with the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) announce a special awards competition for marine science projects conducted at the high school and undergraduate college levels. This initiative is intended to highlight the importance of preserving the marine environment through the use of sound environmental practices, to raise awareness of the art and science of marine salvage, and to promote careers in the salvage and maritime industries.

Experimental science or engineering projects involving marine sciences that were conducted in 2015 at the high school or undergraduate college level are eligible. Projects should focus on one of the following broad marine science areas: Marine Environmental Care, Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Meteorology, Underwater Robotics, Air Emissions from Ships, Alternative Fuel Supplies for Ships, Oil and Chemical Spill Remediation, Offshore Well Control, Diving Systems, Marine Biology, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Microorganisms, Ship Design, Ship Breaking, Recovery of Sunken Ships, Cargo, Fuel or Pollutants, related Marine Salvage or Marine Environmental projects.

Project abstracts of 300 words or less and a technical paper describing the project will be accepted from September 1, 2015- October 1, 2015. Winners will be notified on or before October 15, 2015.

Competition will be divided into 2 groups for prizes: High School 9-12th grades and College/University undergraduate students. 1st place winners will be invited to receive their awards at an industry function event of the American Salvage Association and/or the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) in the fall of 2015.

All papers will be considered for awards by both ASA and NAMEPA. Papers may win prizes in both contests.


For additional information on the competition and to submit an entry, please go to:


The American Salvage Association’s (ASA) Education Committee is committed to promoting general maritime industry interest with a focus on marine salvage, and to help develop maritime industry expertise through interactive experience with ASA salvage professionals 

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is an independent, marine industry-led association which engages maritime businesses, government and the public to “Save our Seas” by promoting sound environmental practices. NAMEPA operates as a nongovernmental organization committed to preserving the marine environment through educating seafarers, port communities and students about the need and strategies for protecting this important global resource. Visit

NNOCCI Spring 2016 study circles now accepting applications



A Professional Development Opportunity: Application now open for Study Circles Spring 2016

For informal educators with an interest in climate change focused on ocean or coastal issues, a fully funded program for strategic climate change communication.

Visit  or for more information and to apply.  The application deadline is Sept. 28, 2015.

Please encourage colleagues to apply and share with your own networks.

Biomimicry Workshop for Informal Educators


Workshop for Informal Educators:
New England Aquarium
February 27, 2015                        9am – 3:30pm

Join with other informal education professionals to explore Biomimicry – the process of emulating nature’s strategies. For 3.8 billion years plants, animals and microbes have been evolving and solving complex problems. Using an approach to innovation that seeks inspiration from nature, Biomimicry often looks to the ocean and marine animals. You are invited to join in exploring this fascinating topic and its potential in engaging a range of audiences through informal education.  This workshop will be an opportunity to learn from experts and practitioners on how Biomimicry can address some of the top environmental issues and how as informal educators we can inspire a new group of innovators to look towards nature to create sustainable solutions. 
This workshop, designed for and by informal educators, will include:
·        Keynote address by Sam Stier, Founding Director, Learning with Nature and former Director of Youth Education at Biomimicry 3.8. Sam will provide an introduction to biomimicry with an emphasis on the marine world followed by some examples of how it has been included in informal education for children.
·        Q&A with Sam Stier and group reflections on how Biomimicry can be used as a platform for informal education.
·        Planning and discussion groups based on topic areas the group identifies that will allow each educator to leave with one or more concrete ideas or activities to advance their work.
Offered by the New England Aquarium and Biomimicry New England

Cost:  FREE                                                              
Registration is required and space is limited
Register by Wednesday, February 25th
Please click on this link to register:

Please bring your own lunch or be prepared to purchase lunch from area vendors.
Driving, parking and public transportation information can be found here:
Unfortunately we cannot offer free parking.  Public transportation is recommended.
Workshop will be held in the New England Aquarium’s Ocean Center.
Contact Rebekah Stendahl with questions:, 617-973-6580

The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey

Deborah Cramer’s newest book is now available for pre-order. Many of you will remember Deborah who delivered the keynote address at last November’s Ocean Literacy Summit. So many at the NEOSEC conference asked about this book. She also wished to pass along a special thank you to NEOSEC and has done so on her blog,


The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey is
now at the printer’s, is available for pre-order now, and will be released
in March.

Free Online STEM Course, starts Feb. 16, 2015

Office of STEM Education Partnerships
STEM Student Research Facilitation Course



The Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) at Northwestern University is offering a professional development opportunity for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers to develop or advance a program that facilitates their own students’ research.

Through a generous grant from Motorola Solutions, teachers participate in an 11-week course and learn about models and tools for implementing student research in their school district, advance planning efforts to facilitate student research opportunities, and share best practices with experienced area teachers and STEM leaders.
Please contact with any questions.


To register for the STEM Student Research workshops, please click here.


Course Specifics:

  • Duration: 11 weeks, beginning February 16, 2015
  • Format: First meeting in person or offered through Adobe Connect with remaining sessions online through Canvas
  • Location: Northwestern University (Evanston Campus) or online via Adobe Connect
  • Program is free; 45 CPDU credits available
  • Teachers are encouraged to come in teams

Course Facilitators:

  • Jacklyn Naughton, M.S., Science Teacher and STEM Student Research Consultant
  • Judith Scheppler, Ph.D., Coordinator of Student Inquiry and Research, Illinois Math and Science Academy

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About OSEP
The Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) supports K-12 students and teachers by connecting them with the world-class science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) resources of Northwestern University. Formed as a unique partnership between the School of Education and Social Policy and the Office of Research, OSEP brings expertise in curriculum, technology, and program design to create effective outreach and programs. Through new learning technologies, focused teacher professional development, and student programs, OSEP brings both time-tested and cutting-edge research from the university to the K-12 learning community.

Carpool and Room share at the 2014 Ocean Literacy Summit


Attending the Ocean Literacy Summit?  

Help us have a green event: carpool or find a roommate!

This year’s Summit is at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA.  Rooms are available right at MBL for a great rate of $48 for double-occupancy. Correspond with other attendees by commenting on this post – and find a ride or share a room!

To comment, click on the headline above and a comment box will open below the post. See you at the Summit!