New England B-WET: Building New England Connections

Building New England Connections (BNEC) will bring together teams of teachers using the watersheds and coastal environments of New England as a context for learning. Project Oceanology and Connecticut Sea Grant are providing this opportunity with funding from NOAA’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program.

• A 2-day professional development session where you will be immersed in a model research experience while sharing ideas and resources to facilitate the incorporation of estuarine and watershed concepts into your classroom curriculum.

• Participants receive resources for your classroom, including NOAA’s Discovery Kit modules (Estuaries; Tides; Currents; Pollution), Investigating the Marine Environment CD ROM, and six online Watershed Lesson Modules

• Two teachers and up to one hundred (100) of their students will participate in a 2-day overnight research project of coastal and watershed environments including an oceanographic research cruise, laboratory and field studies (Max of 2 experiences per team).

• One team from each New England state will participate

• The 2-day professional development session will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 5 & 6, 2010. In case of bad weather on Friday, the workshop will be moved to Saturday and Sunday. Experiences for student groups will be scheduled for the winter and spring of 2011.

• Takes place at Project Oceanology in Groton, Connecticut. A state-of-the-art facility with science laboratories, meeting space, a cafeteria, research vessels, and overnight accommodations on site (hostel). For more information and images, visit

Next steps:

• Form a team from your school (2 teachers and 1 supervisor or 3 teachers) and contact Diana Payne.

CONTACT: Lauren Rader, Project Oceanology, (v) 860.445.9007 (e)

Diana Payne, Connecticut Sea Grant, (v) 860.405.9248, (e)

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