Category Archives: Online Ocean Science Education Resources

Online Research Video Subscription

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal devoted to the publication of biological research in a video format. JoVE recently published three videos of interest to NEwswave readers on seawater sampling and collecting, and filtration of coastal seawater samples. The videos are high-quality, and produced in conjunction with Steven J. Hallam, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia.  However, be aware that JoVE does charge a subscription fee in order to view the libary of videos, many of which are of a highly technical nature. There is a free one-day trial subscitption available.  Preview the seawater sampling video

Long Island Sound Classroom Resources

The Long Island Sound Study’s latest issue of Sound Update focuses on Fish and Fishing in Long Island Sound and is now available online
Sound Health, a publication about the health of Long Island Sound can be downloaded in four parts

If you would like to receive a hard copy of either of these free publications (or a classroom set), email Larissa at

Join Researchers Online on a Cruise to Study Plastic Debris in the Pacific

Join Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita for a voyage to the North Pacific Gyre to study plastic marine debris. This summer the research team will sail to one of the most remote regions of the ocean to study human impacts on marine ecosystems.  Students and teachers are invited to join this voyage online and receive:

• Daily updates and images from the research vessel
• The opportunity to interact with the ship’s research team and other leading researchers to ask questions and share experiences
• Lessons, activities and creative ways to integrate the experience into the classroom curriculum
• A chance to interact with students from around the world to share information, perspectives and solutions to this global issue

Learn more

Follow the Scarlet Knight Underwater Robot on its Path Across the Atlantic

On April 27, 2009, students and scientists from Rutgers University launched a small underwater robotic glider off the coast of New Jersey, christened the Scarlet Knight, with the hope that it will be the first underwater robot to cross the Atlantic. The glider’s progress is being tracked online.  Follow the Scarlet Knight

Hurricane Resources for the Classroom

June 1 is the start of the hurricane season.  Annenberg Media offers resources that can help you learn and teach about hurricanes.  The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science, Unit 2 describes hurricanes in Section 7 of the online textbook.  In an interview with MIT Professor Kerry Emanuelhe explains what a hurricane is and how it forms.  The weather interactiv helps you to understand the forces that influence weather, hurricanes, and other powerful storms.  Dr. Emanuel explains what computer models and an energy systems approach can reveal about the behavior of hurricanes in Science in Focus: Energy, Workshop 6, “Energy and Systems,” and his MIT home page has additional information on hurricanes, tracking models, and various resources related to cyclonic storms.

Resources about Surface Ocean Currents for the Upper Elementary Classroom

Ducks in the Flow: Resources about Surface Ocean Currents for the Upper Elementary Classroom, intended for grades 3-5, includes a storybook and three classroom activities.  In the storybook, the three kids work collaboratively to explore and investigate surface currents found in the ocean and the Great Lakes while learning about the journey of a seafaring plastic duck.  Three hands-on activities for the classroom further explore the science content and provide instruction in basic science process skills.  Ducks in the Flow

Build Your Own ROV

NOAA scientist Doug Levin has developed a detailed manual to explain how to build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for underwater use, either in your classroom or at home, for under $100.  The manual lists parts and pieces, where to find them, and photographs of how to assemble them.  The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary website publications page offers the downloadable manual, along with ROV lesson plans, origami and other activities, and much more.  Download the manual

NSDL Brown Bag Webinars – Online

The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Resource Center offers monthly Brown Bag webinars on topics of interest to STEM educators at all levels.  Sessions are typically scheduled for the final week of the month.  Learn about trends and issues in education, technology use in educational settings, and useful tools, services, and best practices.  Check out the upcoming brown bag, What Works? Using NSDL Collections in the K-12 Classroom, and look through the archives for information about open source technology tools you can use.  Brown Bag webinars