Category Archives: Opportunities

NNOCCI Spring 2016 study circles now accepting applications

 

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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 www.neaq.org/NNOCCI  or www.nnocci.org 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:
Biomimicry
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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BiomimicryforIE

 
Please bring your own lunch or be prepared to purchase lunch from area vendors.
Driving, parking and public transportation information can be found here:  http://www.neaq.org/visit_planning/maps_directions_and_parking/index.php
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: rstendahl@neaq.org, 617-973-6580

Free Online STEM Course, starts Feb. 16, 2015

Office of STEM Education Partnerships
STEM Student Research Facilitation Course

REGISTRATION OPEN!

 

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 amy.pratt@northwestern.edu 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

Links
OSEP website
More about OSEP
Our projects 
Follow OSEP on Twitter

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.

Environmental Literacy Plan Survey

Massachusetts is currently working on drafting an Environmental Literacy Plan which will present a unified and collaborative framework across sectors to support an environmentally literate citizenry.  While some states have ELPs that are designed just for K-12, Massachusetts has committed to developing a plan that is ‘Pre-K to gray’.

Please help create a shared vision across sectors.  The hope is that this survey will reach not only environmental educators and classroom teachers but all organization or community groups that have a stake in our natural resources.  This could be business, government, non-profits but also clubs or recreation groups.

Feel free to share this information with your networks in the state.

There is also a second survey for teens.

http://sageee.wordpress.com/ma-elp/

Educator Opportunity to Work with NNOCCI on Climate Change

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A Professional Development Opportunity: Application now open for Study Circles Fall 2014

For educators with an interest in climate change focused on ocean or coastal issues.

 

Visit www.neaq.org/NNOCCI  or www.nnocci.org for more information and to apply.  

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

 

Contact  jevanswilent@neaq.org for more information

 

 

About the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI)

NNOCCI is a collaborative effort led by the New England Aquarium with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the FrameWorks Institute, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Monterey Bay Aquarium, the New Knowledge Organization in partnership with Pennsylvania State University and the Ohio’s Center for Science and Industry.  With support from the NSF Climate Change Education Partnership program, NNOCCI’s goal is to establish a national network of professionals who are skilled in communicating climate science to the American public.

 

What is a Study Circle?
A NNOCCI Study Circle is a cross-disciplinary learning group made up of peers with expertise from fields of professional interpretation, climate and ocean sciences and communications and cultural sciences. Through a series of facilitated in-person meetings, webinars, conference calls and practical activities, participants build knowledge of ocean and climate science and communications and cultural sciences. They apply lessons learned to communications or educational opportunities in the context of their work environment through several cycles of development, practice, sharing and reflection. Visit www.nnocci.org for more information!

 

Registration now open for 2014 High School Marine Science Symposium on March 20

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.  The 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.

Building on the success and popularity of the event, which had been held at Umass-Dartmouth since 1993, MME decided to launch a North Shore event as well.  Held at Endicott College in Beverly, the first North Shore High School Marine Science Symposium was held in March of 2013. Between two events, last year MME reached over 500 high schoolers, 60 teachers, and engaged 35 marine-related professionals in this event, as well as numerous volunteers.

Both events run from 8:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday, March 20th, and the cost is $10 per student. Teachers and chaperones attend at no cost.  Registration is now open for the 2014 events. Click on the links below for more information:

MIT Sea Grant Announces Ocean Science Summer Internships

MIT Sea Grant is now accepting applications for the Summer 2012 Ocean Science Internship!
Applications due: April 13, 2012
Program Dates: July 2nd – July 27th, 2012
Open to: High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Stipend: $800

About the Internship
Over the course of a four-week program, interns will work collaboratively to investigate the intertidal zone in the Boston Harbor Islands. The student work is part of an ongoing ecological assessment and non-native species monitoring effort conducted by MIT Sea Grant in collaboration with the Boston Harbor Islands National Parks Service.

Students will gain valuable hands-on experience in the field of marine ecology. Interns may also have the opportunity to work with engineers, biologists and/or policy experts who design, build and utilize autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

Who Should Apply
Successful applicants will:

  • Be students who are entering their junior or senior year of high school, or students who will be entering college in the fall
  • Be responsible, investigative thinkers
  • Have a strong interest in, or currently be pursuing, studies in ocean science
  • Be at least 16 years old by program start date (July 2, 2012)
  • To Apply

    1. Complete the application form and return that form to
      Rachel VanCott, MIT Sea Grant College Program
      77 Mass Ave., Bldg. E38-300
      Cambridge, MA 02139
    2. Or, by email, to seagrant-ed@mit.edu

    3. Have a member of the science faculty at your high school, or a teacher that you’ve worked closely with, send a letter of recommendation, in a signed, sealed envelope.
    4. Have one official copy of your transcript sent to Rachel VanCott, at the address above.

    All application materials must be postmarked or emailed by April 13, 2012.

    Contact Rachel Vancott with any questions at vancott@mit.edu

    Encyclopedia of Life Education Innovation Challenge

    The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is pleased to announce the EOL Education Innovation Challenge, an international competition to foster development of educational software tools, services, or games using EOL content. The challenge is to use EOL content and services to create an engaging and educational application that will promote global learning activities focused on discovering and understanding the living world.

    The competition will award funding to the most scalable and innovative applications. Target audiences can include the general public, citizen scientists and learners of all ages in both formal and informal settings. The platform can be the web and/or mobile devices.

    The Challenge is a two-stage process. In Stage 1, applicants submit a product idea that includes an overview of the concept. Applicants who are selected to continue to Stage 2 will be asked to submit a development plan and budget required to complete a working product. One or more prizes will be awarded to successful Stage 2 proposals.

    The prize total is $50,000 USD, which may be divided among one or more successful applicants. In addition to the cash award, the winners’ work will be promoted and distributed by EOL. 



    For more information about deadlines, guidelines and eligibility, please visit the EOL Innovation Challenge page.

    The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) operates as an ongoing collaboration of individuals and organizations who share the vision to provide global access to knowledge about life on Earth. EOL is supported by founding sponsors the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Additional support comes from EOL member institutions and donations from around the world.

    Sea TURTLE Accepting Applications for 2012 Program

    The New England Aquarium announces the 2012 Sea TURTLE (Teen Underwater Research, Training and Learning Expedition) program is now accepting applications.

    Students in grades 10, 11 & 12 can earn Open Water SCUBA diving certification with a team of peers, immerse themselves in the marine biology of New England, and then safely test their diving skills on a local overnight expedition. Applicants must be strong swimmers, and should provide evidence of interest in marine science. Preference is given to those who that have participated in another Aquarium teen program(including Teen Ocean Summit), although is not required to apply. The program fee is $1,700. Need-based scholarships are available for a limited number of applicants. All applications must be submitted by April 2.

    Visit the website to learn more about the program or to apply.

    Sea TURTLE Accepting Applications for 2012 Program

    The New England Aquarium announces the 2012 Sea TURTLE (Teen Underwater Research, Training and Learning Expedition) program is now accepting applications.

    Students in grades 10, 11 & 12 can earn Open Water SCUBA diving certification with a team of peers, immerse themselves in the marine biology of New England, and then safely test their diving skills on a local overnight expedition. Applicants must be strong swimmers, and should provide evidence of interest in marine science. Preference is given to those who that have participated in another Aquarium teen program(including Teen Ocean Summit), although is not required to apply. The program fee is $1,700. Need-based scholarships are available for a limited number of applicants. All applications must be submitted by April 2.

    Visit the website to learn more about the program or to apply.