Professional Development with the new gundalow Piscataqua!

Gundalow Company is offering a free professional development workshop this summer aboard its new gundalow. Fifth- and sixth-grade teachers* will learn to use hands-on science activities, field experiences and local scientific data to teach about marine life, water quality and human impact on the local environment. All activities will be based in Portsmouth, NH over several days: August 16 and 17 for classroom and field work; a half-day in September for a free boat-based field trip for your class; and a follow-up evening session in October.

Registration now open with limited space. Please e-mail for registration and information.
*While this is geared toward fifth and sixth grade teachers, registration will be extended to other grades as space allows.

This workshop is offered at no cost to teachers thanks to funding through NOAA’s Bay Watershed Education and Training Program – which is designed to provide “meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEE)”. The nonprofit Gundalow Company is one of four organizations working together on NEOSEC’s “Get WET in New England”.

Day Long Field Trip to Woods Hole for Student Groups

The Marine Science Literacy and Education Program is a one-day field trip to Woods Hole for school classes. So far this year over 750 students have attended.  The program consists of a hands-on research “cruise” in which we deploy an otter trawl, scallop dredge and plankton net in Vineyard Sound. We collect marine specimens and discuss their habitat and their importance in medical research at he Woods Hole Labs. We also deploy and recover an acoustically actuated oceanographic mooring, which leads us to a discussion of engineering, technology, and physical oceanographic topics such as ocean circulation, acidification and climate change. The ultimate goal of the program is to increase students’ awareness and literacy in marine science and illustrate how many different skills are required in “doing” marine science. Included is a tour one of the Labs (WHOI dock, MBL’s Marine Resources Center or the NOAA aquarium).  Our partnerships with WHOI and MBL allow us to highlight and discuss current research projects there. The cost of the program is $400 (up to 20 students). We can accommodate more students for a slightly higher cost. More information on