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Dive and Discover in the Gulf of Mexico

Dive and Discover is going to the Gulf of Mexico and your students are invited to come along. Scientists from Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, Haverford College, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will use the deep-sea submersibles Alvin and Sentry to explore the ocean floor for signs of impact on deep-ocean ecosystems by the recent oil spill.
The online adventure gives your students access to daily posts from Alvin’s support ship, R/V Atlantis, that report on the  excitement and challenge of research at sea, life aboard ship, and breaking news of what the scientists find each day.  Students can also delve deeper into topics related to life in the ocean and email questions to researchers on board.

Take your classroom to sea this semester—the adventure begins December 6, 2010.  Follow the expedition http://www.divediscover.whoi.edu

Gulf of Mexico Education Materials from NOAA

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) announces
Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Ecosystems Education Materials Collection
http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/edu/guide/welcome.html

Between 2001 and 2009, NOAA’s Office of Exploration and Research (OER) sponsored eleven expeditions to explore deep-sea organisms and ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. Some of these sites are within a few miles of the Deepwater Horizon well that exploded earlier this year. Each of these expeditions was documented with an extensive Web site that included lesson plans for educators at grade levels 5 through 12. OER’s Gulf of Mexico Deep-Sea Ecosystem Education Materials Collection includes a selection of these lesson plans together with new lessons and additional background information about the Deepwater Horizon blowout event. The purpose of this collection is to provide a foundation for student inquiries into deep-sea ecosystems, and to build capabilities for comparing data from OER expeditions with post-event information as the latter information becomes available.

The Gulf of Mexico Deep-Sea Ecosystem Education Materials Collection is comprised of an Educators’ Guide, http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/edu/guide/gomdse_edguide.pdf, providing background information, as well as 16 associated lesson plans. Additional lessons and activity guides will be added to the Collection as more information is produced from ongoing exploration and research activities in the Gulf of Mexico. Lessons included in this collection touch on a wide variety of topics related to physical science, life science, and Earth science, and offer many opportunities for cross-curricular activities involving social studies, language arts, mathematics, and fine arts. In addition to formal lesson plans, Web pages for most OER expeditions include a variety of background essays as well as photo and video collections. These materials may be used in a variety of ways to enhance class discussions and student research.

Online Course: Deep Sea Ecosystems, Gulf of Mexico

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Announces Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Ecosystems An Online Professional Development Workshop for Educators of All Grade Levels
October 11-29, 2010 in partnership with the College of Exploration

This online professional development offering presents Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Ecosystems Education Materials Collection, a selection of lessons about deep-sea ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico based on ten ocean exploration expeditions sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Office of Exploration and Research (OER) between 2002 and 2009. Some of these sites are within a few miles of the Deepwater Horizon well. Additional background information will be introduced about the unique geology of the region and behavior of oil in seawater. This offering is free for all participants and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Educators will have the option to receive one graduate extension credit ($100 for the credit) or obtain a certificate of completion.  To register, go to: http://www.coexploration.org/oe/

Hidden Oil and Gas Plumes in the Gulf

From Science Nation, the National Science Foundation online magazine:

Below the surface, thousands of marine creatures are still in danger from Gulf oil disaster

University of Georgia oceanographer Samantha Joye, like most scientists, always has a plan. Especially when it involves complex, expensive research cruises.

http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/hiddenoilplumes.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_196

Deep Sea Ecosystems Online Course

In light of all of the interest in background information related to the Gulf of Mexico and the recent oil spill, NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and the College of Exploration will offer a Deep Sea Ecosystems- Gulf of Mexico course October 11-29, 2010.  Registration is now open.

This offering is free for all participants and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Educators will have the option to receive one Professional Development Credit from California State University at Fullerton ($100) or to obtain a certificate of completion to reflect 10 hours of professional development.  Note: Participants are responsible for ensuring their educational institution will accept professional development credit from California State University.

To get more info and register, go to http://www.coexploration.org/oe/

Lessons from the Deep – Online

NOAA’s Office of Exploration and Research (OER), in partnership with the College of Exploration, will offer the free online workshop, Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Ecosystems, October 11-29, 2010.  Between 2002 and 2009, OER sponsored 14 expeditions to study little-known deep-sea organisms and ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico.  Some of the sites studied are within a few miles of the Deepwater Horizon well.  Each of these expeditions was documented with an extensive website that included lesson plans for educators of grades 5-12.  NOAA is developing an online professional development offering for educators of all levels that will focus on OER’s Gulf of Mexico Deep-Sea expeditions.  The course will be supported by keynote addresses from scientists and an Exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Ecosystem Materials Collection.  The collection includes a selection of lesson plans together with new lessons and additional background information about the Deepwater Horizon blowout event.  The workshop will be free for all participants and will be available 24/7.  Registration will be open at the end of August through the website. http://www.coexploration.org/oe/