Category Archives: NEOSEC member news

Ocean Science & Technology Class Field Trip Opportunity in Woods Hole

Zephyr Education Foundation is once again hosting school class field trips in Woods Hole.
The program consists of a hands-on 1 1/2 hour scientific cruise on Vineyard Sound, time spent in WHOI’s specimen tank room, a tour of one of the scientific docks, and time with our Augmented Reality Coastal Processes Modeling System. Visits to WHOI’s Exhibit Center and NOAA’s Science Aquarium can also be arranged. Each year over 2000 students come to Woods Hole and participate in our program. See our website www.zephyrmarine.org and/or email Rob at rreynolds@zephyrmarine.org

New England Science and Sailing Professional Development Series

Join a NESS Educator on a Professional Development Ocean Science Adventure! New this year; choose between weekday evenings or weekend days. Register for five or more days to receive a 10% discount on a 2016-2017 NESS academic program! Can’t do five days? Receive a 5% discount for participating in at least two days!

Adventure Field Science: Weekend Professional Development; Sundays 9:00-12:00 $60.00/ Session

Would you like to learn how to connect your students to the local marine environment in an innovative and adventurous way? Or how to expand the learning experience beyond the boundaries of the classroom and into the natural environment? Then come and venture out into the field and learn how New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) has been teaching engaging STEM-education in an adventurous way and creating ocean stewards for the last 10 years. Each day will focus on how to successfully guide a group of students through hands-on learning, which is connected and relevant to the NGSS and Ocean Literacy Standards. Participants will meet at each location except on boat days where the meeting location is NESS. Boat days are limited to 6 participants.

Break Out of the Classroom: Weekday Professional Development; Mondays 5:00-7:00 $40.00/ Session

Have you always wanted to do a NESS school program but aren’t sure if it meets your class’s academic goals? This is the program for you! Join a NESS Educator to learn how to expand some of our most popular water based programs into your classroom to engage pre-learning content or continue the learning long after your NESS adventure!

NESS Fest

Sat Jun 24th 11:00am – 3:00pm
New England Science & Sailing Foundation, 70 Water St, Stonington, CT 06378

New England Science & Sailing (NESS) Foundation will be holding their fifth annual NESS Fest on Saturday, June 24, from 11am-3pm, at 70 Water Street in Stonington. This festive event features fun activities including sailing, kayaking, and stand up

Date

Location

Topic

5/7/2017

Barn Island, Stonington, CT

Marsh Exploration and Forest Dynamics

6/4/2017

BOAT DAY – Sandy Point

Bird Population Studies and Snorkeling

Date

NESS Program

Take-Away

4/17/2017

Kayak Adventures

Density Dynamics and Boat Building Activities

paddle boarding. NESS Fest participants are welcome to enjoy ocean adventure activities and giveaways, tour the facilities, meet the staff, and learn more about NESS’s summer programs. No prior experience in water sports is necessary and participants will be supervised by trained and experienced NESS staff members.

This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 860-535-9362 or visit www.nessf.org.

Boston Harbor & Islands Science Symposium

April 11-12, 2017

Join colleagues from around the region for two days of networking and learning about what we study and how we study the Boston Harbor estuary and islands. The event will feature field trips, a Science Café, keynote presentations, lightning talks, panels, concurrent presentations, and panels. Keynote speakers are Anne Giblin from the Marine Biological Laboratory and Rich Batiuk from the Chesapeake Bay Program. The event is hosted by the National Parks of Boston and the Boston Harbor Habitat Coalition with additional sponsorship from Boston Harbor Now, Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program, Northeastern University, and UMass Boston. For more information, please visit http://tinyurl.com/bh-isymposium.

 

Science Cafes return for 2017

Join us at Mead Hall for great discussion of ocean plastics and much conviviality.
Where: Mead Hall, 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA (Kendall station on the Red Line)
When: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm
Topic: Ocean Plastics
What: Free food, cash bar, great conversations, THREE great speakers:
Keith Cialino – NOAA Ocean Debris Program
Linda Cabot – Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs
Jessica Donahue –  Sea Education Association (SEA)

Looking to share a ride to Portland, ME? Post here to find a ride / offer a ride

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Attending the Ocean Literacy Summit?  

Use this post to find a carpool buddy!

This year’s Summit is in Portland, ME. Whether you are coming from further North or from the South, correspond with other attendees by commenting on this post.

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

 

Registration now open! 2016 Global Ocean Science Education Workshop

2016 Global Ocean Science Education (GOSE) Workshop

Co-sponsored by Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement (COSEE), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and the College of Exploration

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Registration is now open for the 2016 Global Ocean Science Education (GOSE) Workshop, 13-15 June 2016 in Paris, France at UNESCO Headquarters.  A draft agenda for the 2016 GOSE workshop is also available.

Several registrations types include a special discount for COSEE members and single day registrations.

The 2016 GOSE Workshop will focus on the global ocean science education priority topics identified during the 2015 workshop:

  • Climate Change – ocean’s effect on climate and the effect of climate change on ocean systems
  • Fisheries and Biodiversity (including food security)
  • Oceans and Human Health (including coastal resiliency)

The workshop will include an effective practices session on marine related citizen science co-led by COSEE and the European Union’s Sea Change Project.

Register now.

Upcoming Events

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: www.mattsproject.org.

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.

2016 will mark the 10th anniversary of NEOSEC’s first Ocean Literacy Summit

by Pam DiBona

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In February 2005, the three institutions of COSEE New England[1] convened leaders of ocean science education programs that included partnerships between educators and researchers to discuss potential areas of collaboration. With a professional facilitator, they explored actions they and their organizations could take up as a group that would further individual programmatic goals. At that time, the region was described as having:
  • Well established strengths & infrastructure…  but many programs in danger of withering.
  • Opportunities for collaboration…  but also competition.
  • Progress on defining ocean literacy…  but standards determined at state level.
  • Defined regional goals for collaboration…  but no tangible products yet.
The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) emerged from that first meeting. There was only a subset of the current NEOSEC members around the table at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography in December 2005 when a slightly larger group gathered to follow up on the February discussion.  In what has turned out to be a critical decision, the attendees focused on opportunities offered by the newly adopted Ocean Science Literacy (OSL, now referred to as simply Ocean Literacy) Principles.The group agreed on several goals:
  • To create and disseminate high quality educational materials and share best practices.
  • To broaden reach to education, science, policy audiences in the region.
  • To build collaboration, create governance structure, leverage funding.
By the end of the meeting, the group had identified a longer list of potential members for outreach and operating procedures describing future work. With the promised support of a newly hired COSEE New England program manager based at the New England Aquarium,[2]attendees signed off on the following statements:
  • We agree to adopt the OSL framework and proactively incorporate OSL into each of our institution’s programs, resources, etc.
  • We will convene a New England Summit focused on OSL by December 2006.
In November 2006, eighty people attended the first Summit at UMass Boston, and they left with new enthusiasm for collaboration and resource-sharing. You can find the proceedings – including ideas generated and all presentations – at this link: http://cosee-ne.cosee.net/OSL/NEOSECOceanScienceLiteracySummit.htm

[1] The Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, a national program funded by NSF and supported by NOAA from 2002 to 2012, was hosted in New England at that time by the New England Aquarium, University of Rhode Island, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. COSEE now stands for “Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement;” its website is at www.cosee.net.
[2] That was my first day on the job!

 

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: www.doe.mass.edu/stem/review.html

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