Marine Science Kits For Massachusetts Teachers – The Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry Program has science kits from the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research & Education (C-MORE) for use by regional teachers at no cost. C-MORE science kits offer lesson plans and materials for hands-on science activities in a self-contained format. They are designed for use with a range of grade levels. Each kit provides the information and supplies necessary for educators to teach their students about a particular topic in oceanography. To request a kit, see the C-MORE website.
A consortium of academic and cultural institutions, Fathom creates and share high-quality online learning experiences, from in-depth free seminars to shorter features, interviews, and articles. Their Exploring the Deep Ocean section includes materials from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the UK Natural History Museum, and Seminars in Marine Science and Oceanology include free multi-session courses on shark natural history and underwater bioacoustics.
The New England Aquarium’s Teen Ocean Summit is a one-day opportunity for high school students to creatively address the challenges surrounding marine environmental issues. On March 31, 2010 in Waltham MA students will take on roles and work in teams to examine coastal planning. Based on teachers’ applications, six schools will be invited to bring up to 10 students each. Priority for attendance will go to classes that have not previously attended the Summit and inner-city schools, based on first-come, first-served application dates. To request an application and for more information, contact Vickie Cataldo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-973-0235.
Join the Museum Institute for Teaching Science for a lesson in building a remotely operated underwater vehicle, part of the Sea Perch Program. Free training for K-12 educators will be held from 8:30am to 4pm on January 14 and 15, 2010 at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester MA. For more information and to register, email Amy Hoffmaster (email@example.com) before January 1 with the following information: name, school, school address, phone number, email address, grade level and subject(s) taught, and electronics/robotics experience.
COSEE-West offers an online workshop in partnership with the College of Coexploration, October 26-November 13. OPEN NOW for viewing of Week 1 and introductions! Info, Registration, and Log-in Page:
Learn more about the way scientists use remote sensing technologies to study our ocean! Participants will have the opportunity to interact online with faculty and research scientists as well as educators from around the world. This workshop is free.
Three weeks of keynotes and discussions:
Oct 26-30: Dr. Rebecca Shipe (UCLA) will discuss Harmful Algal Blooms in Southern California Coastal Waters. She will be online from Oct 26-30 to discuss how remote sensing instruments contributes to her work on phytoplankton and harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Santa Monica Bay.
Nov 2-6: Dr. Edith Widder (Ocean Research & Conservation Association) will discuss Secret Lights in the Sea.
She will be online from Nov 2-11 to discuss her presentation. Dr. Widder will focus on her work on bioluminescent deep-sea organisms and the remote sensing tools (“Eye-in-the-Sea”) that helps to make that research possible.
Nov 9-13: Educator panel Educators who have incorporated OOS data, topics and materials into their classrooms will lead discussions and share videos on the incorporation of OOS into their classroom, how those lessonplans worked out, how they could be modified, etc.
Info, registration, and Log-in Page
Deborah Cramer, author of Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water, Our World, the companion volume to the new Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, will explore the ways the sea is essential to all of us at the next Falmouth Forum Friday, November 6 at 7:30PM in the MBL’s (Marine Biological Laboratory’s) Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. Ms. Cramer’s lecture, titled Our Water Our World, is sponsored by the MBL Associates and is free and open to the public.
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The NSTA website offers a section containing free resources for science teachers. Enter “ocean” into “Search by keyword” for a list of ocean-related free resources.
On Wednesday September 30, join your colleagues for a fun, informative evening exploring the educational programs offered at the Aquarium and Simons IMAX Theatre. Experience a Giant Ocean Tank Talk, embark on a cruise of Boston Harbor, catch a screening of Under the Sea 3D in the IMAX theater and more!
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Early birds may arrive at 3:30 p.m. for free Duck Boat tours and a harbor cruise)
Location: New England Aquarium, Boston, MA
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by Monday, September 28. Space is limited, and events are on a first come, first served basis.
To register, visit www.neaq.org/educators. Use the following login information to register on the secure site:
Please note: This event is for educators only. Please pass this information on to other colleagues.
For questions, please call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206.
The PBS series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures offers educational materials are free and are available on the websiteWhile you’re there, be sure to check out the short web-only videos made specifically for educational use and their accompanying lesson plans.