Teachers’ Survey on Ocean Acidification Curriculum

The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, in partnership with the NOAA Ocean Data Education (NODE) Project, is developing a new curriculum module, “Understanding Ocean Acidification Using Real Data.” The new curriculum will contain five activities designed for grades 9-12 that incorporate real data from NOAA. The curriculum will be available in early 2011.  The developers of this project need your help to make sure the knowledge, processes, skills, education science standards fit curriculum needs. We would appreciate receiving your suggestions regarding content presentation, possible activities, classroom management, and great websites or articles that we can explore and incorporate. We invite you to complete a short survey at the URL below:

Teachers’ Workshop at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The following Topics in Oceanography Professional Development Workshop will be held Saturday December 12, 2009, 9:00-2:30 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Ocean Acidification: what it is, what we know, and what it may mean

Sarah Cooley, WHOI Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department
Anne Cohen, WHOI Geology and Geophysics Department
Heather Benway, Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Project Office

– Hear how ocean water chemistry is changing, and how the changes may affect marine life and people
– Hands-on demonstration of classroom experiments and kits on ocean acidification

Registration: $30, breakfast and lunch included.
Directions here, more information at this link
Checks payable to WHOI. Sorry, no purchase orders.
Mail to: Kathy Patterson, WHOI, MS # 16, Woods Hole, MA 02543.
Registration deadline: Dec. 7, 2009

Contact: Kathy Patterson,, 508-289-2700, or
Kate Madin,, 508-289-3639

Interactive Virtual Lab on Ocean Acidification

Stanford University’s Virtual Urchin website has  interactive tutorials on using microscopes and  several on aspects of sea urchin biology, as well as a new interactive virtual lab on ocean acidification.  (all resources free, open-access)

Students use a virtual lab bench and current research data to investigate ocean acidification. The developers plan to make modifications to the activity (combine some steps, make the hit spots larger, use a “lab equipment ID/safety check” as an intro to the lab,  etc.), so email your suggestions to Pam Miller <>

Ocean Acidification Documentary

Acid Test: the Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification, a film produced by the National Resources Defense Council, was made to raise awareness about the problem of ocean acidification, which poses a fundamental challenge to life in the seas and the health of the entire planet.  The video and additional outtakes can be viewed online or downloaded from the website